Real-time mapping Election TV Debates

I’ve just Dialogue Mapped the first UK Election TV Debate in Compendium.

The web export went up just after the debate closed…

UK Election TV Debate1 - Dialogue Map

UK Election TV Debate1 - Dialogue Map

Hopefully these help to clarify the different contributions made by the three leaders, as well providing a gestalt overview of the most contentious topics (check out all the red challenges links in some topics, such as the economy) and where they were most consensual (check out all the green supports links in the final debate on care for the elderly). A more detailed, reflective analysis would seek to connect claims and assertions to websites with supporting/challenging evidence, other statements made by them, and their manifestos. In addition, we would examine the kinds of arguments made in the text of the nodes, and in the argumentative connections, and possibly explode those into sub-maps, using visual templates of argumentation schemes (see this article on mapping the Iraq debate to how this works).

Note that I started to map from the ITV website’s streaming video, but the connection kept breaking, so I lost contributions, and switched to the TV. But here’s a screenshot showing the opening minutes of the debate, being mapped live, before I switched [zipped QuickTime movie – 10.2Mb].

Dialogue Mapping from video stream

Dialogue Mapping from video stream

Comments welcomed. Shall we do this live in the studio next time? 😉