ERIC Number: ED240658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-21
Reference Count: 0
Coping with Information Overload as Adaptive Behavior in Competitive Debate.
Dudczak, Craig A.
When the amount of available information exceeds the ability of the user to process it, "information overload" is created. In an attempt to maintain some control over the quantity of arguments they may face, debaters have developed adaptive behavior, primarily through the generic argument--any argument within a "deliverative" framework that recurs in fulfilling the discovery of issues. Using the generic argument's standard content or form, the debater can develop arguments that are familiar in their content or function as an aid to the audience's understanding of the issues. This definition has several implications. First, any issue or argument may become generic through the argument's analytic function or repetition of content. Second, generic argument is not an impediment to the discovery of new arguments. Finally, generic argument does not impede other adaptive responses to overload. Other fields will develop responses appropriate to their needs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Generic Argument; Information Overload
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).