Interesting Debate Topics and Tips on How to Debate Effectively

Interesting Debate Topics and Tips on How to Debate Effectively

Some of the topics that you might want to use for academic debating. This also includes tips on how to debate effectively.

There are some of you who are having a hard time finding interesting debatable topics to argue. I am here to give you some of the topics and their strong arguments which might be usable for academic debates.

Modern Technology destroyed the soul of humanity

For:

  1. Technology destroys family ties

    People nowadays prefer to be sitting in front of their televisions and computers instead of eating with their families during meal time.

  2. Technology makes people lazy.

    Most people are getting lazy due to the fact that their work is just a push of a button. Other than being lazy alone, this can also make people obese that will lead them to more serious problems.

  3. Technology negatively affects employment rate.

    Manual works are now being replaced by machines in factories that are why many are left unemployed.

Against:

  1. Technology strengthens family bonding.

    We should remember that there are some children who are away from their families; it could be because of schooling or their parents working abroad. It is only with the use of our modern technology that they would be able to communicate.

  2. Technology makes faster.

    We are now in 21st century, and the demand of mass production, it is only with our modern technology that it would be made possible.

  3. 3. Technology makes work easier

    We are not anymore in the era where Egyptians would still pull stones to make their pyramids. It is with the modern technology that the burdens of employees nowadays are lessened. It will never mean that we are getting lazy for it does not change the fact that you are still working.

  4. 4. Technology helps employment rate increase.

    Technology aids the construction of the companies all over the world, and the fast growing sought companies of today are the call centers especially in the Philippines.

Media is stronger than the government

For:

  1. The government has the power to close down any media company that serves as a threat
  2. The government only uses the media as an instrument of their action

Against:

  1. Any media company has the power to destroy the reputation of the administration of the government
  2. The media can reach larger coverage of the community

The Church and State be United

For:

  1. The Church can guide the state with their decisions

Against:

  1. In the history of the Philippines, the Church and the state were united; instead of the government getting better, the Church became much more corrupt
  2. The Church has the tendency to abuse its power by excommunicating those who are going against her

Other interesting topics:

  • The Government has the right to demand birth control
  • America’s intervention in every war
  • Euthanasia is legalized as an alternative solution
  • The bigger the salary, the lesser tax is imposed
  • Resolved, that abortion is generally legalized
  • Diploma needed to be called successful

Here are also some tips that will give you a better chance of winning debates:

  1. Avoid Fallacy
    • Circulus In Probando
    • Argumentum Ad Ignoratiam
    • Post Hoc
    • Poisoning the Well
    • Hasty Generalization
    • Argumentum ad Misericordiam
    • Dicto Simpliciter
  2. Start by finding the meanings of these fallacies, for if you cannot do that it will also mean that you will not also be able to prepare well for your arguments.

    One characteristic that a debater should possess is the attitude of researching much into deeper details.

  3. Speak Confidently.
  4. Have an eye contact with your audience.
  5. Speak clearly
  6. Avoid inappropriate gestures and sounds.

    The judges and the people listening to you would be able to understand what you are saying. Instead of saying the expression “ahhmm…” every time you forget something, it would be better that you pause for awhile.

  7. Always stick to the Facts. Remember that debates are not won by self opinionated theories but through the legitimate evidences presented.
  8. Listen to the opposing side passionately.
  9. Take note important details.

    It will leave the impression to the judges that you really know everything that you are doing.

Those are just some of the tips on debating. I hope you liked it. God Bless Us All!

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william rodriguez II, posted this comment on May 29th, 2008

Nice article.I think you’re a good debater.Thanks for the trivia.

Andy-N, posted this comment on May 30th, 2008

You’re wrong! (I’m debating)

Seriously though this was interesting.

acecampillo, posted this comment on Jul 23rd, 2008

Thanks william and andy for commenting.
God Bless You!

Eden Emersen, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2008

Again, I would love to have you in my English Language and Composition class because it seems you just wrote part of the curriculum above. Great tips!

acecampillo, posted this comment on Aug 4th, 2008

Thanks for that good comment you gave me .
You should also be a very good teacher.
God Bless You!

mc Caluya, posted this comment on Sep 27th, 2008

this is nice..ahaa..

and it is very informative. thanks kuya:)

eddiego65, posted this comment on Sep 27th, 2008

Great ideas and tips.

claris, posted this comment on Sep 27th, 2008

great tips

Mystical Whitewolf, posted this comment on Sep 27th, 2008

Good debate topics

B Nelson, posted this comment on Sep 30th, 2008

Good link – and good info not just for debates but for handling any confrontation.

timetension, posted this comment on Jan 11th, 2009

Great Tips, thanks, you’re helping me prepare for my debate audition

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Manish, posted this comment on May 16th, 2009

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Pai, posted this comment on May 21st, 2009

i like the technology one hahaha

NIKITA, posted this comment on May 24th, 2009

The topics included and the points given are very effective and practical too.They are being included from daily life which shows the simplicity of the orator.It helped me a lot to overcome my problem and prepare an awesome debate…

don, posted this comment on May 27th, 2009

tell more about modern tecnology destroys the soul of humanity

Mario, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2009

The topics are very practical and you’ve already simplified each of them.Actually I wanted to look for the topic ”Lawyers are more beneficial in the society than accountants”

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Zainab Rizvi, posted this comment on Jul 12th, 2009

Its really amazing.Helped me a lot…

Eragon, posted this comment on Aug 1st, 2009

thanks for all these

Karan Sitapara, posted this comment on Aug 4th, 2009

Nice reaserch you have done on debate. Very helpful for beginers..

edella, posted this comment on Aug 28th, 2009

a lot of info…. really good n useful…. can you add more points for modern technology destroyed the soul of humanity??

vish, posted this comment on Oct 5th, 2009

dis is a gr8t article,man.thanx

acecampillo, posted this comment on Oct 7th, 2009

I never actually expect that some would actually find this article helpful.. thanks.. :)

shiv kumar, posted this comment on Nov 16th, 2009

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Can you please help me

dude loop, posted this comment on Dec 15th, 2009

MASTER DEBATER

Rajesh, posted this comment on Feb 4th, 2010

Thanks a lot for your valuable sugestions i hope these will help me alot in my future

bujji, posted this comment on Mar 3rd, 2010

we want some questions type

Sally (smiley), posted this comment on May 25th, 2010

Thanks for your tips. They were very useful in by debate. My topic was Should chilldren be allowed to have a televisin in there room. I was affermative (for) i didn’t really belive that kids should have a tv in thier rooms but thanks to you i did really good and i hade never debated before thanks again Smiley

danish, posted this comment on Aug 31st, 2010

i need a essay about Modern Technology destroyed the soul of humanity please help me

ASAS, posted this comment on Nov 10th, 2010

SD

ken, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2011

…thanks for the tips..
this is a big help for me..

..we will be having a debate competition in our school, may i have more suggestions from you?

zarren, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2011

…thanks for the tips..
this is a big help for me..

..we will be having a debate competition in our school, may i have more suggestions from you?

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