The Coronavirus Spread is the Most Influential Event in the Last Fifteen Years
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"Last fifteen years": starting from the present, going 15 years back.
Coronavirus: a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Event: a thing that happens, especially one of importance.
Influential: the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others
Burden of Proof is shared
- CON observes that to AFFIRM, PRO is required to prove that Coronavirus Spread is not only influential, but it is the MOST INFLUENTIAL event in comparison to other influential events within the last 15 years.
- CON observes that PRO has not made comparisons to other events, and has thus not fulfilled their Burden of Proof.
- CON observes that PRO’s examples of the impact of the virus tend to be negative short-term impacts. CON presents a framework where BOTH the longevity and severity of impact directly correspond to the influentiality of the event. If an impact is severe but not long-lasting, it can not be called “most influential.” Similarly, if an impact is “long-lasting” but not severe, it is not “most influential.” These impacts can be influential in their own rights, but they are not “most” influential.
- World emissions have ramped up significantly in the past 15 years, which will lead to more than double the current global warming death rate:
- The advent and growth of online retailing. For the first time in human history, online stores are becoming more important financially than physical stores. This will permanently change how humans conduct themselves economically.
- The 2008 market crash. The Dow Jones has declined by about 28% between February 11 and March 12, 2020 compared to an almost 50% decline in 2007-08.
- Huge advances in AI, which has huge potential for the advancement of the human race.
- New DNA tech, that allows us to alter the DNA of humans and animals alike. This allows us to treat genetic diseases and create new sources of food that will last for centuries.
CON considers this part of the ECONOMICS category.
CON considers these events more influential politically:
- The election of Barack Obama, the first black president. His presence in the White House helped to heal some of the nation’s racial wounds and was a historic moment.
- The election of Donald Trump. No other political event in recent history has turned the world on its head as much.
CON looks forward to PRO’s response.
PRO concedes that:
- BOTH the longevity and severity of impact directly correspond to the influentiality of the event. If an impact is severe but not long-lasting, it can not be called “most influential.” Similarly, if an impact is “long-lasting” but not severe, it is not “most influential.” These impacts can be influential in their own rights, but they are not “most” influential.
- Coronavirus is a short-term issue (politically, economically, education, science, deaths, etc.)
- The presence and prevalence of online retail
“my opponent has listed Global Warming as a potential contender for event with greater influence, but has not supported the idea that it has completely changed society. People lived the same way before and after global warming.”
“Weather catastrophes in the United States have incurred a cost of over $1 trillion in damages over the past 30 years. Climate disruption has driven up food prices increased the risk of West Nile outbreaks across the U.S. and helped fuel wildfires that caused over $1 billion in damages in 2013.”
“He then says that the 50% stock market crash is far worse than the 28% crash right now. But he's only looking at the U.S. It's absurd to only look at us as a country.”
“He attempts to state "huge advancements in AI" but this is extremely vague and overly broad. This site alone lists 10 ways that people are using technology even more as a result to combat the virus...He then claims that DNA tech could create new food to last centuries, but even this still only seems to effect food industry”
“He brings up how important virtual education is, but this point is moot as it was developed in 1986 and has been used for decades already.”
“I'm 99% certain that (Trump’s) effects on science, people's illness/deaths, and education is less than Coronavirus, as he mostly focused on politics and finance.”
“My opponent has indeed proved that In *each individual impact*, some event could beat out Coronavirus. But they didn't affect all lives in every way possible, which is why I believe this disease is the most powerful of them all...Coronavirus doesn't have to win in every single influence, it just has to have a bigger effect overall.”