The Great Debate: Were things really better in the old days?

Remember back in the days long before smartphones and flat screen TVs, there used to be an activity called “debating”.

Debates were big at high schools and universities, and they relied on wit and argument and oratory – two teams arguing a case, affirmative and negative. And the prize for the winning team? Earnest applause from a grateful audience!

What a pity those days are gone. But wait, they’re coming back at APP.

To mark the Guild’s 90th anniversary this year, there will be a good, old-fashioned debate on Saturday 5 May at 3.30pm in the main arena, debating the proposition: “Things were better in the old days.”

There will be two three-member teams of prominent pharmacists and pharmacy figures, namely: Toni Riley, John Bronger, Natalie Willis, Wendy Phillips, Trent Twomey, and Catherine Bronger.

The debate will be moderated by Guild communications advisor Greg Turnbull, who said ‘Implicitly, the title is “Things (in community pharmacy) were better in the old days” – but speakers are not restricted in any way as to how they interpret the subject. The only requirements will be to stick to the time limits, and avoid anything bland at all costs.’

The debate will also involve audience participation, with the winning side of the debate determined through the use of the APP mobile app.

So, if you’ve ever wondered if things were really better in the old days, or if you have been craving an old-style debate but just haven’t known where to find one, ensure you attend this special presentation at APP2018.

View program here.

The Great Debate: Were things really better in the old days?

Remember back in the days long before smartphones and flat screen TVs, there used to be an activity called “debating”….