Traditional Versus Online Debate
Traditional and online debates are two different experiences even if the entire concept of debate is the same thing – arguing about a topic on the basis of something. The experience you get when you participate in traditional debate is a face-to-face encounter. You get to see your opponents. This type of debate can give you all the nerves, especially if it is academic related, not to mention, it can be really boring.
With online debate, on the other hand, you will not be seeing your opponents and you can edit what you post or comment as compared to a face-to-face debate. Here is a list of pros and cons for both types of debate to fully understand their similarities and differences:
Pros of Traditional Debate
- Personal interaction – Traditional debate enables you to interact personally with your debate group and with the opponent. As mentioned earlier, it allows a face-to-face interaction, which gives you a better interpersonal experience.
- Less technological demands – there is no need for you to setup your computer and access online debate sites to be in the game. It’s also minus the hassle of internet connectivity problems and other technical issues.
- Provides familiarity – you have established a sense of familiarity in the offline environment, which allows you to be within your comfort zone.
Pros of Online Debate
- You can set your own schedule – with online debate, you have an option to post your debate comments at any particular time you are comfortable.
- Broader reach – you can interact with people from across the world. Your opinions or comments may even go viral.
- You can modify your comments – because the focus of online debate is only yourself, you get to modify your comments to strengthen them before actually posting them.
Cons of Traditional Debate
- Can make you really nervous – face-to-face interactions can be frightening at times, especially if the debate is done on stage with an audience in front of you.
- Cannot be rescheduled – You cannot reschedule the time of the debate. You have to be there right at that moment.
Cons of Online Debate
- Technical problems – if there is internet connectivity problems, computer issues, or other technical problems, you will not be able to participate in the online debate.
- Some netizens may not hold back – there are others who can be very filthy mouthed in expressing themselves and can spark a conflict.
Now that you understand the differences between the two as well as their similarities and differences, you can choose your preference – wherever you are comfortable. Regardless of which type you choose, you always have to consider being ethical at all times in expressing yourself.