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Demand, Christian | Knörer, Ekkehard

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 6 (2015), Iss. 2: S. 61–65

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Demand, Christian

Knörer, Ekkehard


A debate is a public dispute that follows certain rules. The goal of a debate is not the solution of a problem as in a discussion , but to point out positions. In a debate, not only arguments, but also polemics and the courage to take a stand are essential. Besides certain rules that are accepted by all participants, a debate needs a so-called debate culture in order to be productive. Christian Demand and Ekkehard Knörer lead a debate on the establishment of this concept in the 1980s and develop theses for its alleged disappearance caused by the acceleration of debates under the conditions of “new media.”