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Lately, the presidential debates are what come to mind when the word "debate" is mentioned (at least in America, and especially in the media), but the topic would be a prescient one even at a different time of the year. In media, whether it be print, televisual, or digital, the debate format is more popular than ever. News articles increasingly take a tack that will engender lively comments section—the website Slate has even created a Twitter hashtag that lampoons the publication's tendency to publish blatantly contrarian articles. Television news programs do less investigative journalism and more roundtable discussions between pundits who look like they want to do little more than promote their own brand. And Twitter and Facebook comment boxes (not to mention comment sections on websites) are unending sources of debates between friends, colleagues, acquaintances, friends of friends, people who don't know each other, and trolls.
In the current media landscape, debates are ubiquitous, so what better to write about? Tune in all this week to read Reader writers on the presidential debates, topics that are being debated, or the notion of debates. By the time it ends, we might decide to do soliloquy week as a respite.
Read more from Debate Week:
"Bears-Lions or Obama-Romney?" by Steve Bogira
"Flex hours and work-life balance are great and all, but how about liberating women from making dinner?" by Mara Shalhoup
"What the candidates were thinking during the last debate" by Kate Schmidt
"Obama versus the GOP—why isn't it on the fight card?" by Michael Miner
"How watching the presidential debates made me famous*" by Julia Thiel