How to Watch a Televised Debate

How to Watch a Televised Debate

University of Washington Professor Matt McGarrity teaches the debate technique known as “flowing” and emphasizes to voters the importance of taking notes when watching televised debates.

Discussion Topics:

  • How are televised debates typically framed and how might that be misleading?
  • What are you missing as a voter, when the media summarizes a debate?
  • Why do you benefit from watching the whole debate?
  • What is the purpose of taking notes while watching a debate?
  • How does following the ‘Flow’ of a debate help?
  • What does capturing the ‘Claims’ and tracking the ‘Clash’ help you understand? 
  • What do commentators and pundits focus on?
  • How does watching the entire debate help you as a citizen and voter?


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