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What's a really good Twitter list to follow live during the debate?

I follow very few pundits or specifically political people on Twitter, but just saw Bill Maher on YouTube saying he's going to livetweet the debates. It really made me wish I had stocked a list of the best people to follow for fun, incisive, weird, good live commentary on the debate. But, now I don't have time for that. What public list(s) should I subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Sep 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Watching the US Presidential Debate in Amsterdam?

I'm going to be in Amsterdam for a few days next week, including during the first US presidential debate. I know I could just stream it, but I think it would be more cathartic to watch it with (A) other people cheering for Hillary and embarrassed/exasperated with Trump and (B) booze. Democrats Abroad doesn't have any debate watching events listed for the Netherlands. Will any bars be open that late/early (3 am?) on a weekday and showing the debate? [more inside]
posted by bassooner on Sep 21, 2016 - 4 answers

2016 US Presidential Debate viewing options for cable cutters

What are some alternative viewing options for the Presidential debates starting next week? I'd like to watch on our TV, not a browser window, but we don't have a device connected to our basic cable service. We do have an Apple TV and a Fire TV stick. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Sep 20, 2016 - 20 answers

Where to watch the presidential debate(s) in Berkeley/Oakland?

The first debate is coming up in a week. I could watch it at home, but I'd rather watch it with some like-minded (i.e. fiercely anti-trump) people for psychic support. Anyone know a good bar/cafe/other public venue in Berkeley or Oakland that will be screening the debate(s)?
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Sep 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Good, relatively inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard for Android phone?

I have an Android phone. I would like to be able to type on a normal keyboard with it. I would like this keyboard not to break instantly. I would like to not spend more than say $30-$50 but if that's not reasonable, fine. Your suggestions?
posted by tivalasvegas on Aug 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Seeking Polite Political Disagreements

I am looking for non-mefi examples of someone disagreeing about the election in a civil manner. Not everyone in the discussion has to be civil, it is inspiring to see someone maintain their civility while others don't. I'm particularly interested in seeing civil Trump supporters - based on his numbers I'd like to believe they are out there. I feel like the Trump request is a good opening for some clever joke answers, but I'd really like to see some non-combative Trump supporters state their case!
posted by yorick on Jul 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for amazing college debate topics

I once participated in a Latke–Hamantash Debate that went incredibly well, head and shoulders above any other recreational debate I've done or attended. I want more! [more inside]
posted by BibiRose on Jul 14, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get better at expressing myself verbally?

I'm not very good at expressing myself verbally — and I don't think it's just a lack of confidence. How do I get better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Ideas may die, but how do you kill them?

CGPGrey explained how internet arguments are self-selecting in order to symbiotically grow two opposing sides who mostly just badmouth the other side with increasingly inaccurate stories. That wouldn't be a problem, except sometimes the process spirals out of control and spills over into harassment, doxxing, violence, etc. So, if we understand how the process works, how do you stop it? Is there actually an effective way to treat the angry thought-germs CGPGrey described?
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me argue with people, please

Are there debate clubs for adults? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Tips on moderating a political debate

I will be moderating a political debate for a local election. I've never done this before. Any advice? I don't have any input into the structure of the debate. The questions will be pre-written (not by me) and there is no audience Q&A. But I'd appreciate tips on things like how to begin and wrap up, how to enforce time limits, and anything else I should be thinking about.
posted by chickenmagazine on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Metadiscourse debate technique?

I noticed during a debate that someone seemed to be buying time to think on his feet by 1) repeatedly summarizing what he just said and 2) repeatedly previewing what he was about to say. It was simultaneously gimmicky and rather effective. Does doing this have a name? Is it taught? Or do people pick it up naturally?
posted by zeek321 on Jan 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Name That Logical Fallacy-Filter

Quick 'n dirty: is there a name (in either classical logic/reasoning OR a newly-coined term) for the belief that "if you hold a different opinion on a topic than I, it must be due to a deficiency in information/experience/intelligence on YOUR part" (in other words - "anyone sufficiently smart/experienced/informed, when presented with this issue, would inevitably draw the same conclusion as I"). E.g. "You're a [member of political party] NOW, but that's only because you haven't [something] yet!", or "Wow, you believe in [thing]... maybe you should DO SOME RESEARCH and see if you don't change your tune!"
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 3, 2014 - 16 answers

Is There a Word for This? (Part ∞)

Is there a word for the "argument" people use that someone has no right to criticize because s/he is unable to perform the action/make the object in question? [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Academic and professional schisms?

The comment by Miko has informed me of a growing split in the architecture and urban planning fields. I love reading about and learning from professional and academic splits, and the internecine fights that result. Can you think of more? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 1, 2014 - 18 answers

What is the best Internet forum software for hosting debates?

I'm looking for Internet forum software -- preferably at no cost -- that is suitable for hosting debates. I'd like something that is threaded, which allows strict moderation, and yet is fairly bare-bones. I don't want Slashdot or Reddit style voting (I don't need comment voting at all), and I don't really want the user to be able insert any HTML or crappy banners. Maybe administrator configurable emoticons, at the most. I want the message system itself to be easily searchable, and if anything has been written for enforced constructive debate, I'd be especially interested.
posted by Chasuk on Nov 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for the Unified Modeling Language of philosophy and ideas

I'm looking for a way of diagramming the component parts of ideas and arguments, and their relationships to each other, formally and visually. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Sep 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Solve a physics debate among friends?

My friends and I are having a nearly friendly debate about the effects of superhydrophobic coatings on various items, and we've decided to look here for more input. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Intellectually stimulating videos

Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman had a discussion about economics back in October 2012 that ran for an hour and a half. What other intellectually stimulating videos exist out there? I just want to sit back and learn stuff, and so either a friendly discussion or a partisan debate (where the debaters are equally matched) could work.
posted by SollosQ on Jan 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to fight fair over controversial topics?

How do you deal with someone who doesn't seem to fight fair? My mother and I often have intellectual discussions about politics, religion and ethical questions, where we often have different or even contradictory views to one another. They wind up as arguments despite my best intentions - please help me to do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 3, 2013 - 30 answers

Your argument is invalid!

Is there a name for this argument? [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Dec 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Romney's best cheerleaders?

What's the most persuasive recent endorsement of Mitt Romney you've read? [more inside]
posted by mahorn on Oct 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Funniest debate live tweeters?

Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 22, 2012 - 17 answers

How to say no to Cultural Education?

Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Oct 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Debates Delivered to your Door! Or something like that.

While I've seen this older thread, it's also a bit long in the tooth. I'm wondering if there's a better way to record video (or audio) of tonight's Presidential Town Hall debate or download a copy of it? [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Oct 16, 2012 - 2 answers

2012 debate live commentary

Looking for live commentary on the 2012 presidential debate because I don't know much about politics. Suggestions?
posted by Strass on Oct 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find a debate bar in NY

[NYC Filter]: Suggest me a bar to watch the presidential debate tonight! [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Oct 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Examples of verbal jujitsu?

What are examples of situations--in politics or otherwise--when someone took a question or remark that would seem to corner or embarrass them and completely reframed it, turned the tables on their attacker, instantly reversed the crowd's sentiments?
posted by shivohum on Sep 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Avoiding the "ergo"

I want to learn more about the basics of discourse and rhetoric – to understand more formally the nature of constructing arguments and interpreting them. But I'm not huge on the classics, so I feel like going directly to Aristotle would make me lose interest right away. That said, I totally love intricate or intellectual examinations of ideas, so it's not like I need a dumbed-down text, just one that's not quite so stuffily written. Can you recommend me a book that'll help me learn what I want to learn?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Vax vs Anti-vax

Please help me understand the infant vaccination/anti-vaccination debate. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Mar 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me find this guy!

Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Feb 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Why will China win the 21st century?

Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Debate past graduation

Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Debate underway, video not working

How can I watch the ongoing presidential debate live on the internet? I've tried the link at FoxNews (via the FoxNews homepage), but it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Jan 16, 2012 - 2 answers

There ARE reasonable arguments against same-sex marriage, right?

I have to publicly argue against same sex marriage in a week. Help me make logically sound arguments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 100 answers

Audio Podcast of GOP Debate?

Looking for an audio podcast (mp3) of this evening's Republican debate. I've found lots of video, but no audio.
posted by Bushmiller on Jan 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I watch tonights GOP debate online?

Is there live internet streaming coverage of tonight's CNBC GOP debate? I can't seem to find the link. Thanks!
posted by emily37 on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Good political debate podcasts?

What are some good political debate podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Creepy wind chime guy or good dad?

Help us settle this debate: Is it socially acceptable for me to go up to a neighbor's porch and jingle the wind chime? More evidence inside. [more inside]
posted by escher on Oct 21, 2011 - 72 answers

Justice For The Ninety-Six

I'm in the USA. How can I watch the House of Commons debate the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster which is scheduled to begin at 2PM EST, 1900 BST today? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

How to debate people who don't share my rules?

How do I handle debating people who either ignore data-based arguments, or respond to them with anecdotes and opinions? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Oct 13, 2011 - 41 answers

One of these can be the future.....

google logic failure: Where can I watch the Fox News / Google republican debate from yesterday. I don't want highlights, just to watch the whole thing. Any help appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 24, 2011 - 3 answers

I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black

This is a question about intelligently discrediting racist defences, with specific regard to the statement "I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black." [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Aug 14, 2011 - 34 answers

Tell me about Messageboard Games!

Please tell me about games which involve online messageboards/online forums! [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

An infinite debate?

Got into a debate with a friend regarding a math question - I think our debate reflects his misapplication of finite math reasoning to infinities, but I'm having trouble dredging up what I learned in set theory 10 years ago. Imagine you have a bag that has all of the real numbers from 0 to 2, let's say. What are the odds that if you reach into the bag you pull out a number between 0 and 1.5 ? 75%? 50%? Why? Depending on the answer to this I may have followup questions, but I'll leave it here for now. [more inside]
posted by slide on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Setting up a debating club at my university

I need advice on setting up a debating club at my university. [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Feb 13, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I read about Just War?

Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Who was William Penn?

History Filter: Please explain William Penn to me in elementary terms. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 7, 2010 - 10 answers

I want to drown in the dialogue of our time

Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 16, 2010 - 37 answers

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