Recommendations to support interaction with broadcast debates: a study on older adults’ interaction with The Moral Maze

Rolando Medellin-Gasque (Lead / Corresponding author), Chris Reed, Vicki L. Hanson

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Current methods to capture, analyse and present the audience participation of broadcast events are increasingly carried out using social media. Uptake of such technology tools has so far been poor amongst older adults, and it has the worrying effect of excluding the demographic from participation. Our work explores whether a common desire to interact with debates can be tapped with technology with a very low barrier to entry, to both support better engagement with broadcast debates and encourage greater use of social media. This paper describes experiments where older adults interact with a BBC radio debate programme: The Moral Maze. As a result, we obtained common interaction patterns which then are used to define recommendations for software-supported interaction with debates based on theories of argumentation. Our goal is to combine research on computational models of argument and user-driven research on human-centred computing in a project with the potential for high-profile impact in addressing older adults inclusion in the digital economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-120
Number of pages12
JournalAI and Society
Issue number1
Early online date10 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Argument Web
  • Broadcast debates
  • Software recommendations

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