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IvanVilla
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TorqueDork
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Society is slowly being dumbed down.

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TorqueDork
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/11/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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IvanVilla

Pro

I believe that we see more and more in todays society the decline of education in the general population. We see a society focused more on Miley Cyrus than on important issues that will affect them and their children in the future. I do believe that television and the media have a role to play, but overall it is the people themselves who are at fault. What do you think?
TorqueDork

Con

Thanks for the fun debate topic! Firstly I will adress your arguments.

"We see a society focused more on Miley Cyrus than on important issues"
Society has been focused on celebrities all the way back to ancient Rome, with Socrates[1], to the 50's with Elvis[2], so your point is invalid.

" I do believe that television and the media have a role to play"
While we may not have had television until recently, media (the main means of mass communication (esp. television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively.) has been around since the dawn of civilization[3]

"but overall it is the people themselves who are at fault"
You need to expand on this point

Argument 1- IQ scores are raising
According to the scientific article I read[4] IQ scores are skyrocketing, which wouldn't happen in a world where people are getting dumber.

[1]http://www.historytoday.com...;
[2]http://www.elvis.com...;
[3]http://www.ritholtz.com...
[4]http://www.salon.com...
Debate Round No. 1
IvanVilla

Pro

IvanVilla forfeited this round.
TorqueDork

Con

Uhm...this is akward...I hope you vote for me because of the fofeit!
Debate Round No. 2
IvanVilla

Pro

IvanVilla forfeited this round.
TorqueDork

Con

I am a potato, look at me roll.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by SemperVI 3 years ago
SemperVI
I wish I could counter your argument, unfortunately, I would not have much evidence to refute your basic premise. It would be a loosing debate.
Posted by themohawkninja 3 years ago
themohawkninja
What is pro arguing? That society isn't being dumbed down at all, or that it isn't mainly the fault of people?
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Vote Placed by STALIN 3 years ago
STALIN
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Reasons for voting decision: ff by Pro. Con made better and more convincing arguments. He backed his position up with multiple sources. Easy vote.