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minervx
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m93samman
Pro (for)
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Public Broadcasting in the United States

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m93samman
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/11/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 1,649 times Debate No: 14746
Debate Rounds (4)
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minervx

Con

I argue that public broadcasting is not a necessity, there are priorities above it, and it should be done away with or privatized.

1. The U.S. government is borrowing over a trillion dollars per year. It is unsustainable and cuts are going to have to be made.

2. The U.S. government has more important priorities than public broadcasting such as defending the country, feeding the hungry, environmental protection, etc.

3. Unlike in the 1960's when public broadcasting began, our society now has quick and free access to information on almost everything via internet, making public broadcasting in some ways obsolete.
m93samman

Pro

I thank my opponent for this topic.

By looking to my opponent’s first sentence, we see an elaboration on the somewhat vague title. Con writes,


that public broadcasting is not a necessity, there are priorities above it, and it should be done away with or privatized.”


Thus, it seems evident that the topic is a question of whether or not public broadcasting (hereby referred to as PB) should be done away with. Given 2000 characters, I will respond briefly to my opponent’s arguments first, and then present one simple argument in my favor.

~~~Refutation of the Con Case~~~

1. PB is unsustainable

a) My opponent offers no source to prove his claim.

b) PB is a relatively insignificant amount of capital (logically) when compared to the amount of money we squander at war. [http://costofwar.com...]

c) PB is not even a governmental issue; individual purchase TV licenses and broadcast using their own money. [http://en.wikipedia.org...] The same applies to radio.

2. PB is not a priority

a) This is non-responsive to the resolution; just because there are more important things to me as a human than pushing my bench press from 165 to 210, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t.

b) Large percentages of people own televisions [http://www.nationmaster.com...]. Over 97% in the US; there is clearly reliance on PB.

3. There are other forms of access

a) There is no reason to prefer the Internet over PB, or vice versa

b) There are people with access to PB and internet, people with access to only PB, and people with only access to the internet. Having both covers the most people

~~~PRO CASE~~~

PB causes no harm.

There is no problem with PB being available. If I have an antique clock that works sitting on a shelf, why would I do away with it? At least it can tell me the time when I walk past it.

I urge a Pro vote.

Debate Round No. 1
minervx

Con

minervx forfeited this round.
m93samman

Pro

Due to forfeiture on my opponent's part, I urge a Pro vote from the audience.

Thank you.

Debate Round No. 2
minervx

Con

minervx forfeited this round.
m93samman

Pro

Extend my arguments and vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 3
minervx

Con

minervx forfeited this round.
m93samman

Pro

It's unfortunate that my opponent forfeited every round of this debate, but the past is gone. Please vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by ravynkelley 6 years ago
ravynkelley
i agree this is boring....wat is its purpose anyway????
Posted by m93samman 6 years ago
m93samman
:/ boring. No content
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Vote Placed by wjmelements 6 years ago
wjmelements
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Reasons for voting decision: CON's case was challenged with valid sources, and then CON forfeited the rest of the debte.
Vote Placed by gavin.ogden 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pretty clear cut to me. Forfeit=loss of conduct vote. Pro made a clear cut case for the importance of public broadcasting=3 points. Pro gave links for sources, and most check out=2 points.
Vote Placed by m93samman 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture = automatic loss of conduct point.