Amanda Courtney Paradigm

Last changed 11/23 11:44A CDT

Debate - When I judge debates based too much on misrepresentation or manipulation, I recommend debaters research the various fallacies I witnessed in the round - most often slippery slope, ad hominem attacks, false dilemma, and straw/steel man - if only to ensure otherwise amazing debaters don't fall back on flawed logic in the future.

Ultimately, it is up to the opposition to detect and decry these somewhat nefarious methods, but I also feel strongly that debate should center on fundamentally-sound logic, whether it's Policy, LD, PFD, or Congress. Fallacies are to debate as cheat codes are to video games: the only ones impressed by that sort of victory are those that don't know better. If either case hinges too heavily on fallacious reasoning, whether the opposition realizes it or not, you will see it noted on the ballot.

Also, it's another unpopular opinion, but spreading seems more often than not to unnecessarily negatively impact an otherwise well-articulated and supported case. Speed for its own sake seems to be the shibboleth of varsity debate, and judges expressing misgivings about it are often chalked up as lay judges. Really, many of us are just of the mind that one should learn to do something really well before doing it really quickly: as is so often the case in life, quantity rarely trumps quality. The side that presents and defends the most sound, organized, and professionally-presented case will win the round!

Visit this link for more helpful info on the fallacies:
https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/rhetological-fallacies/

Forensics - I tend to reward originality and intensity above almost every other factor. As a competitor in high school, I was awarded first at State the same year I qualified for Nationals in Original Oratory. I medaled throughout high school in various interpretation events before going on to serve as a Student Senator in college. I have always enjoyed and still tend to favor those performances in which the student's own unique ideas and interpretation takes center stage. Cliche, especially after these many years of judging, is a nearly unforgivable sin. POI is my new favorite event. I'd love to see more policy debaters doing extemp, oratory, Congress, and Big Questions. I look forward to this season's competition!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R5 9 Omanson & Rigdon 6 Miesner & Shobe Neg
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R4 8 Chaplin & Roth 6 Klassen & Lopez Neg
ONW November Classic 11/2/2019 Open R2 5 O'Lear & Jennings 6 Morinville & Oni Aff
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 PFD P3 6 DR 16 BZ Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L2 3 Jameson Shew 16 Marcus Woodcock Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L1 3 Haylee Rose 16 William Strickland Aff Aff on a 3-0
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/1/2019 PF R3 31 EP 12 MR Aff
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R6 H Hudson Headley S Arthur Bagdasaryan Aff Aff on a 3-2
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R6 M Noah Gruman L Jenna Riggins Aff Aff on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R5 B Evan Winden M Sophia Fairchild Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R4 J Megan Dorantes B Evan Winden Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R3 P James Vereen H Chloe Chaffin Neg Neg on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R3 N White & Smith E Larsen & Ridge Neg Aff on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R2 L Jenna Riggins H Hudson Headley Aff
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R2 R Buchholz & Strickland N Botkin & Lehan Neg Aff on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R2 M Alex Marvine R Marcus Woodcock Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R1 E Horner & Witbrod S Leuker & Oni Aff Aff on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R1 Y Dorian Polo L Jameson Shew Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R1 R William Strickland P Savana Williams Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Olathe North Shirley & Atallah Shawnee Mission North Ruzich & Trout Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R4 Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Blue Valley West Ma & Mehta Neg Neg on a 2-1