Originally posted by finneganExcellent speech! I wonder if counter arguments were given equal attention?
This 15 year old speaker has been excluded from a public speaking competition because of complaints from a right wing Zionist blogger. As a result her speech is on its way to go viral. Another good outcome for Truth and against bigotry.
Originally posted by normbenignYour question about counter arguments is hardly appropriate to this context. A public speaking competition is not a debate. Each speaker chooses their own topic. I do not think we would usually expect a speaker to present all points of view in a balanced way. We would usually expect a speaker to show some passion for their chosen topic. It is the job of the audience to avoid being unduly persuaded by one sided arguments while giving due credit for the thing that was relevant - a schoolgirl learning to speak in public. If it was indeed an excellent speech, given the age of the speaker, then it is regrettable that it resulted in her being excluded from the competition on the grounds given and as a result of external influence by political agitators.
Excellent speech! I wonder if counter arguments were given equal attention?
Are we reaching the point, or already there, where truth is determined by popularity, and the skill of the advocate?