Chapter published in:Argumentation across Communities of Practice: Multi-disciplinary perspectives
Edited by Cornelia Ilie and Giuliana Garzone
[Argumentation in Context 10] 2017
► pp. 229–258
Chapter 10Multi-participant TV debate as an argumentative activity type
Television debates are a tool of public deliberation through which ordinary citizens can get involved in deliberative democracy. They are argumentative events in which standpoints about a controversial issue are raised, defended, and criticized. By adopting the pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation (van Eemeren & Houtlosser, 2005; van Eemeren, 2010), this paper aims to characterize a multi-participant TV debate (MPTD) as an argumentative activity type. Argumentative characterization of an MPTD involves, first of all, providing a detailed description of the institutional constraints imposed on the argumentative practices in this activity type, and next, distinguishing in MPTD the empirical counterparts of the four stages of a critical discussion. For illustration, the paper draws its examples from Siyaset Meydanı, an MPTD that had a long broadcasting history in Turkey. As a result of the characterization achieved in this paper, it is concluded that an MPTD is a moderately-conventionalized deliberative activity type preconditioned by both implicit and explicit norms governing the conduct of argumentation.
- 2.Argumentative activity types in pragma-dialectics and MPTD as an argumentative activity type
- 2.1Initial situation
- 2.2Starting points
- 2.2.1Procedural starting points
- 2.2.2Material starting points
- 2.3Argumentative means
- 2.4Possible outcome
Published online: 02 November 2017
Benoit, W. L., Henson, J. R., & Sudbrock, L. A.
Edwards, A. R.
Eemeren, F. H. van
Eemeren, F. H. van, & Grootendorst, R.
Eemeren, F. H. van, Grootendorst, R., Jackson, S., & Jacobs, S.
Eemeren, F. H. van, & Houtlosser, P.
Guillot, M. N.
(2012) Why debate moderators matter. National Journal, (Oct. 11, 2012). Retrieved from: http://www.nationaljournal.com.ezp.lib.rochester.edu/njonline/
Proctor, K., & I-Wen Su, L.
RTUK- The Law No. 6112 on the Establishment of Radio and Television Enterprises and Their Media Services
. Retrieved from: http://www.rtuk.org.tr/sayfalar/IcerikGoster.aspx?icerikid=464e2c3d-dfb6-4541-9218-21219c021aa2 on January 26 2012.
Thomas, R. J.