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TheBlueTurtle
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The_Master_Riddler
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Is the media scapegoating teenagers?

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The_Master_Riddler
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/3/2013 Category: News
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TheBlueTurtle

Pro

My stance is that we should not trust isolated examples in society or single statistics because it can us leading to "choose" our opinion.

There are the main two types of examples (that I can think of):
1. Using an example to help explain a concept.
ex: "This coffee cup is baby blue, like the sky." to help explain the color "baby blue".

2. "John Smith, a 13 year old, killed himself yesterday. What are we going to do about this epidemic?"

The first type is ok because it isnt trying to prove anything, but what about the second. This is the classic style of media articles is profoundly common. It used to used against black people and overtime it has switched to many, many different groups. My stance is that this group is now teenagers.
I can give really judgmental stats about minorities, but they can be deflected with things like lower socioeconomic status and less opportunities. Why can this be done against teenagers? Teens have a lower socioeconomic status than minority I have ever heard of. This is because lower-income families are more likely to have more children and poverty is linked to recklessness (this doesn't mean all poor people are reckless though). So this leads me to my question: are teens scapegoated? I say yes.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

My opponent made no sense with his first example above, He said that the first example wasn't trying to prove something. But it proved that the color of the cup is like the color of the sky. However, I would like for my opponent to clarify why he/she thinks the media scapegoats children as I wait for his/her second round argument.
Debate Round No. 1
TheBlueTurtle

Pro

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The_Master_Riddler

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Debate Round No. 2
TheBlueTurtle

Pro

TheBlueTurtle forfeited this round.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

The media is not scapegoating teens because the media is not blaming kids for anything. If the media blamed kids for 9/11, then they would be scapegoating. But they are not so...................
Debate Round No. 3
TheBlueTurtle

Pro

TheBlueTurtle forfeited this round.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

Extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
TheBlueTurtle

Pro

TheBlueTurtle forfeited this round.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Mutineer 4 years ago
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This is not going to end very well now is it?
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Vote Placed by Ike-Jin-Park 4 years ago
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