posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 04:19 PM
The recent Alex Jones rant is a very good example, how NOT to debate.
Alex just proofed to everybody that he is a lunatic plus did not get his message across.
This thread is not about gun control. I just want to lay out, how you can debate, or deal with media, if you ever want or have to.
I will take the Piers Morgan vs Alex Jones as an example. My own opinion on guns differs a lot from Jones's, but for the sake of it, I will show you
the basic debate rules, and how he should have done it.
First of all, time and the attention span of the viewer are limited. So you want to prepare your 3 basic bullet points to get your message across.
(prepare other 2 bullet points as Plan B to be sure).
So in the case of pro-gun Alex Jones it could be:
1. I want to be able to defend myself and my family.
2. It's a constitutional right.
3. The problem are not guns, but persons with psychological problems.
For every bullet point you want to have a very good, emotianal example, which everybody can relate to.
1. The single mother of two who defended her home with a gun to fend of a burglar - what would have happenend when she did'nt had a gun?
2. This is what the country is based on. Mention key words like "Freedom" and so on.
3. Here you can go into the role of side effects of antidepressants used by the latest school-shooters.
Then the TTT-Rule: Touch, talk, turn.
Of course Piers Morgan (or any other "opponent" in your debate) wants to get his points across, or even provoke you, to show what a nutcase you are.
What you do: TTT.
For example Piers ask about your believes on 9/11.
You touch the subject: "Piers, this debate is about gun control. Not 9/11. (Pause)
Talk: "On 9/11 the weapons used have been boxcutters, which shows that even without guns terrorism can happen"
Turn: "You see, one of the first reactions after 9/11 was to bring armed Sky-marshalls to planes
So we need armed people to defend ourselves against terrorism."
Talk slow. Use short sentences. Make pauses for emphasis. Respect your host (you are a guest on HIS show) and don't talk him down. Dont shout or yell
Boom. You filled your 7 minutes, you brought your point across and get out as a serious, reasonable person.
What Jones did was the exact opposite: in the first 2 minutes he went from gun control, to Stalin, Hitler, Mao, the Indian rape case to global banking
and "mass murder pills" -- Too many points, none of them related to the actual discussion about CT-Shooting/gun control or the deportation of
He shouted, yelled, did not let Morgan talk, and the fell for the 9/11 trap.
He lost it big time there already, just to go even worse: calling for a fistfight (showing that he IS violent), personal attack on Piers and all
english folks by mocking the accent. These are debate tactics spoiled teenagers use. Every adult who uses these tactics is just a pathetic sad loser.
You NEVER EVER want to go there.
What disturbs me most is, that AJ is working since ages in media, and does not even know these basic rules of a civilised debate.
And once again, this thread is NOT about gun control. It's about how to debate. Inputs welcome.