October 9, 2008

Opposing Views – A Site for Debate

"For those seeking to participate in quality debate that educates by way of AAA rated contributions, Opposing Views can provide not only polemically stimulating experiences but also, a worthy new information portal ...

Does my vote matter? League of Women Voters vs Art Carden

Should the U.S. immediately withdraw from Iraq? Code Pink Vs Heritage

Should the U.S. use military force against Iran? Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights vs Heritage Foundation

Is the U.S. a Christian Nation? Dr Paul S Vickery vs William Martin PhD

Should the U.S. Build a Wall on Its Mexican Border? Victor X. Cerda vs The Center for Biological Diversity

Early this week I was introduced to a relatively new site Opposing Views which, unlike many discussion platforms where unintelligible and poorly informed lines clutter the content, here we find commentary and debate where ‘expert’ is the operative term. Opposing Views does not take sides rather, it offers an intelligent platform for critical online discussion on a range of pertinent topics in a structured format that permits HTML video embedding and hyperlinks. Best of all, it’s the experts who factor in the discussion, contributing their viewpoints for you the reader to both vote for and/or, add commentary. The team at Opposing Views deserves credit for the care taken in hiring expert advocates on opposing sides of the issues discussed.

Opposing Views helps you uncover all sides of the issues you care about most … experts go head-to-head on real-life concerns, debating news and events, addressing the questions that keep you up at night. We introduce the questions, the experts present their cases (and disagree with each other), and you leave ready to make well-informed decisions and take action.

Each section is a channel, including politics, society, health, money, and religion. Our point/counter-point format gives each expert a chance to state their information and opinions on an issue. Meanwhile, the other side objects by calling out the flaws in that information, and then states their own side. Opposing Views brings together the information on the issue, the evidence on each side and their counter-points.

The hundreds of known and credible experts, opinion leaders, and advocate groups include: the Obama Campaign, the McCain campaign, the National Rifle Association (NRA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Sierra Club and Amnesty International, as well as individuals who are authorities on issues of current consumer interest.

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As CNET noted, Opposing Views, recently “landed a coup” on the question of, “which Presidential candidate would be better for the economy” by attracting “official representation from officers in both the McCain and Obama campaigns."

For those seeking to participate in quality debates that educate by way of AAA rated contributions, Opposing Views can provide not only polemically stimulating experiences but also, a worthy new information portal; just watch your blood pressure though.

5 comments:

Z said...

My blood pressure's fine and I think I want to leave it that way!
If you're worried about ours, is this site REALLY fair!? Is the Right's side properly represented, too? That's all I need...sounds like it!
Maybe I'll check it out...thanks.
I'll send you the doctor's bill, Otto!!!

Frasypoo said...

Sounds interesting.So far every debate/poll/political newscast seems like it leans too much to the left.Waiting for it to topple over!

Jennifer said...

Thanks a lot Otto, now I have another site to add to my favorites.....LOL

Seriously, though, thanks for the link. It was a really interesting site and had a really wide variety of topics. It was refreshing to read educated and respectful opinions instead of what the MSM has to offer.

AI said...

Thanks Jennifer, Frasypoo and z! Seems I forgot to address the questions within the post.

Very breifly:

1. Does my vote matter? Absolutely it does ..not that I am voting in your election, wish I were though...

2. Should the U.S. immediately withdraw from Iraq? No! And that's an unequivocal no mind you. Job not finished...

3. Should the U.S. use military force against Iran? I am assuming this is really asking, should the U.S. take action if becomes clear that Ahmadinejad is on the verge of going nuclear. The consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran? Its leaders are theologically motivated and have stated for all to note that Israel should be wiped off the map. It is a global sponsor of terrorism through Hezbollah and Hamas. In addition, once it goes nuclear Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will follow suit. So the answer is yes,, but the U.S. must do a better job of selling the reasoning behind an attack.... It's called managing expectations...

4. Is the U.S. a Christian Nation? Of course it is, regardless of whether it's scribed or implied within its constitution...

5. Should the U.S. Build a Wall on Its Mexican Border? It should have been done some time ago...

Incognito said...

sounds interesting.. but blood pressure is already at boiling point (not really physically) with this election. Will wait until it's all over to check it out.