Originally posted by Rowe:
...hot-heads ..... political discussions ... exacerbated to the point ... of arguing ... rather than participating in a productive debate.
Ok, the term 'hot-head' in the context of political discussion.
[paraphasing for clarity] I take it the question is, when does spirited discussion pass the line of 'productive debate' into the relm of 'argument'?
I often see, espeically on other boards, discontent shared quickly and often when the discussion is 'unproductive'; however, I rarely see the beneficiaries of productive debate acknowledge the fact.
Given the context of the word 'argument' especially in relation to the term 'productive debate',
- what are the identifiable elements of Productive debate,
- what are the check and balances surrounding such elements that permit for a proper airing of the issues being debated,
- how do you insure subject matter interest long enough to achieve maximum benefit?