ERIC Number: ED234431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Coping with Information Overload: Generic Argument as the Least Common Denominator.
Dudczak, Craig A.
Defining "information overload" as the condition that occurs when the amount of available information exceeds the ability of the user to process it, this paper contends that this condition has now affected the arena of academic debate. The first section of the paper examines the nature of overload and discusses its consequences on the processing of information and meaning. The second section introduces the idea of "generic argument," an adaptive behavior in debate that has resulted from the increased availability of information. Defining generic argument as any argument within a deliberative framework that recurs in fulfilling the discovery of issues, this section offers a rationale for its use as a means of coping with overload. The third section of the paper discusses a number of implications for the use of generic arguments. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Generic Argument; Information Overload
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Lincoln, NE, April 7-9, 1983).