Annenberg Digital Debates
The Annenberg Digital Debates were hosted in April of 2011 and were the first ever invitational intercollegiate debate tournament to be completed online. The Annenberg Digital Debates are the immediate predecessor to the Trojan Web Debates – a series of online debate tournaments hosted throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. Students were invited to join in a discussion of nuclear energy policy in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by debating the following resolution:
Resolved: Nations should reduce their commitment to nuclear energy.
Trojan Debate Squad hosted the event in partnership with DebateHall.com, an Internet based company that provides services for hosting debates asynchronously via video submissions. In DebateHall’s model, debaters take turns recording video responses and upload their responses to a Flash application hosted at DebateHall.com. Debates can be made public (wherein any user with a DebateHall.com account can respond or comment on the debate) or kept private such that only invited parties can participate. DebateHall.com allows an infinite number of responses to a prompt or speech. As DebateHall is based around an Adobe Flash interface, it is largely platform independent and supports users of both Apple computers and PCs. To participate in the tournament, students required a broadband Internet connection, a computer, and a recording device. Each student was also asked to make a nominal $15 entry fee to HandsOn Tokyo, an outreach organization providing assistance to Japanese citizens following the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami.
To see learn more about this project, please visit the Annenberg Digital Debates site at http://bit.ly/AnnenbergDebates. Debates from this tournament are available to the public. To watch a debate, click the link to the right of the debate you wish to watch in the tables below.