How do you respond to disagreement? Can you handle it? Do you enjoy the opportunity to learn new things? Do you consider an opponent a useful source of ideas, or something to be avoided? What form of debate do you find the most valid? The most effective? If averse to disagreement how do you usually react?
There are many interesting different ways that people respond to opposing arguments in this day and age. There are meetup groups like this one for controversial topics. There are people who debate over the internet. There are people who debate current issues locally. You can write your Congressman.
And of course you can have a spirited debate with someone you know or meet.
Does a debate have rules? Is it a weakness if emotion comes into play, or a strength?
I added another link in the description, referencing the bandwagon effect. I believe this is relevant because high production venues (music and visual effects) are often used to indoctrinate people with beliefs that need not be logically consistent with their observations about the world around them. This attracts more participants, which then adds to the strength of the network of memories that now includes the indoctrinated belief and everything other than evidence that it is true.
This often causes black holes in debate where people are unwilling to consider ideas that oppose these single beliefs... but yet are completely incapable of explaining why.
The net result seems to be a society of people with scrambled brains who are resistant to the spread of new ideas. This also stifles class and career mobility, as even the most persuasive ideas get sucked into this black hole and brainstorming meetings are filled with the sound of crickets as people are afraid to disagree with one another.