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A picture says a thousand words. Why would we keep them out of a debate? Why not have the top 10 pictures that support AND oppose the same issue.

Of course images are returned to Google based on an algorithm, images that have higher scores will contribute more power to the idea.

Images as Reasons to Agree and disagree

We should tag images as reasons to agree or disagree with a conclusion


We should keep track of the best images that are used to make a point. Many people from all cultures have a saying like, “Images can say a thousand words.” This is because a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. These images take many different forms, such as political cartoons, and even graphics such as charts, and bar graphs.

Once images are tagged as reasons to agree or disagree with a conclusion, we should display them in separate columns on a webpage devoted to analyzing the validity of that conclusion.  


We should gather these images together on the same page, tag them to identify which side of the debate they take, so we can put them in the right column, and try to move more persuasive images, to the top of their lists. 

I believe we can design online forums that promote good debate. In order to have a good debate we need to bring all the stuff that supports a belief and that opposes a belief together to the same page. No one seems to understand that It doesn't prove anything if you make a good argument, but ignore those that disagree with you.


People try to use graphs, tables, and political cartoons to come to the opposite conclusions. We should gather these images together on the same page, tag them to identify which side of the debate they take, so we can put them in the right column, and try to move more persuasive images, to the top of their lists.

I think if we tracked the number and quality of images that are suggested as reasons to agree or disagree with a conclusion we could come up with algorithms that use this data to promote beliefs that have been more thoroughly examined, and supported.

Having images that agree and disagree with a conclusion on the same page will result in a better informed reader, which will result in this web forum’s users having the ability to make better informed decisions. 


How Would it Work?

So my forums will have the top images that support and oppose a conclusion on the same page. These images can include charts, photos, and political cartoons.

Each image will get its own page, and a rank. On its page, people will be able to submit reasons to agree or disagree with an image. Images that are used as reasons to support or oppose different conclusions, such as political cartoons, will have many reasons to agree and disagree with them. We will allow users to put these on the same page, in separate columns, and organize them with the best ones at the top of the page. 

Many factors will be used to rank each image. One factor that will affect the score for a reason, is the number and score of reasons to agree or disagree with them. Did you catch that? Each reason will have reasons to agree and disagree with them, just like in normal life. Because each argument, in real life is its own conclusion. For instance each reason to agree or disagree that someone is a good president will have many reasons to agree or disagree with them, and so on.

Of course we will also allow users to rate arguments. But more than just a thumbs up or a thumbs down we will allow users to evaluate specific aspects of an arguments: is an argument fair, accurate, does it exhibit any of the specific logical fallacies such as a straw man argument?

All these factors will result in a score for each argument. However arguments are used to support or oppose many specific conclusions. For instance the belief that it was wrong for Germany to invade Poland, can be used to support different arguments, with different levels of validity.

Each reasons to agree or disagree submittal would include the belief that it supports or opposes a specific conclusion. You would click on a link to argue in support or opposition to each relationship.

On this website most of my reasons will be submitted to support non controversial topics surrounding family life.

Visit one of my other pages to see how videos can be used to support or oppose different conclusions.


This is the best equation I can come up with for adding points to a belief based on the number of and the quality of images that are suggested as a reason to support or disagree with a conclusion.

I would love your feedback!

Below is an explanation of each term.

  • IAn/IDn = Images that have been said to support or oppose the given conclusion
  • IS = Books Score. Books scores can take into account number of books that are sold, as well as the score given from book reviewers, etc
  • Ln = Book link score. You can have a good book, that doesn’t actually support the proposed belief. Each argument that a book supports a belief, becomes its own argument that that its own book “linkage score” that is given points according to the above formula
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