Slides available at: http://tomblount.co.uk/argumentation-presentation
Have you ever argued online?
Did you "win"?
How did it make you feel?
Argumentation is a key element of human communication
A Claim is the conclusion someone is hoping to draw - for example, "I am a British citizen"
A Qualifier shows the certainty of an argument - "definitely", "probably", "quite likely", etc.
Data are the facts they use to draw this Claim - "I hold a British passport"
The Warrant is the implicit joining of these two statements - "The holder of a British passport will be a British citizen"
Backing is further proof of the Warrant
A Rebuttal is a foreseen counter-argument - "Unless I am a spy of a foreign power"
There are lots of models of argumentation
Most of these are not applicable to the social web
If we capture aspects of argument specific to the social web, we can improve the quality of discourse for everyone
Perhaps we'll see less of this in future