The aim of the paper is to consider the problem of political and public communication in selected television debates. In particular, there have been analyzed the strategies of argumentation and vocabulary used in the debates. The main question of the article refers to the problem of the quality of political debates: are they a kind of ritual spectacle, or are they based on rational argumentation? The whole consideration has been based on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). The most important goal of CDA is to reveal the structures of dominance and power located in language.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.