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William Sheehan started off the debate with his model, which is a summary of the debate and some main points for the 2nd team-mate to discuss in detail. William and Ben were proposing the motion to stop state funding of the arts. William's speech contained some humour to open the debate on a lighter note, because the rest of these debates are made up of criticism of other's ideas. With this however, he also had important points such as while the state may pay for the arts, they don’t really support it. If patrons were to fund the arts, they would have a better knowledge of good art and would motivate the artists to work even harder, as this way the best work would be chosen, rather than the best known artists. A speaker from the opposition then went, pointing out that if the arts is not state-funded then people have less to do, such as visiting art galleries from the state, which will lead to boredom and this can lead to experimenting with illegal substances. I found this comment a bit extreme, as state art isn’t exactly regarded to be a thing keeping people away from drugs.
Ben then went, closing the proposition's argument. He had some very good points, listing and explaining examples where the state had funded the arts in other countries, and the problems that had arisen because of it. One interesting line was “Art is meant to challenge society, not be controlled by it.” A member of the opposition then went, closing the debate as a whole. Some interesting statements were brought up, among these were how UCDs own art program, along with many other colleges in Ireland are funded by the state. He also said “ A country without artistic culture is like a person without personality.”
We were then sent outside for a few minutes to allow the judges time to decide the winners. We were then brought back inside and given feedback on the debate. Since only two teams and one official individual were there, the individual was put through automatically. The opposing team were put into the next round, but our team were given a wildcard due to the small turnout, and their speeches will be passed on to an official to decide if they will be put through or not.
Peter Gately 4A, Padraig Mcginley 4I