Bee Smale ParadigmLast changed 11/21 2:05A EDT
4 yrs - East Kentwood High School
4 yrs - Indiana University
Grad Coach @ Minnesota
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New Stuff Pre Shirley 2019
Here's some quick updates for yall - I see all types of debates now so I got some more stuff I gotta say
Generally Relevant Stuff
1) Shorter round times means I'm going to read less evidence after the debate - I spend judge prep reading cards or going outside to vape. Please only send max 7-8 cards in the doc at the end of the debate, I have been reading during the debate and I want the doc to save me time not to have to search your entire 1AC to find the card you reference throughput the debate.
2) I would prefer if the first 30-45 second of the second rebuttal are meta-commentary about what went on the debate rather then content - in other words, literally say the thing you want me to say at the beginning of my rfd if I vote for you.
3) I am saddened that I have yet to judge a debate about aliens. Do with this what you will.
4) I'm pretty disengaged from topic literature, both critical and policy. Ill judge a technical debate, but I can promise you I haven't delved deep into the relationship between outer space and critical theory, and I don't know the differences between missile defense systems so your going to have to explain some of the space stuff to me.
5) NEW PRONOUNS POLICY - Don't be an ass. Please respect pronouns. Using first names in speeches is usually a good way to avoid this problem. I understand debate is taxing and we speak fast and it is rarely intentional - doesn't change the fact that being misgendered makes it harder to debate effectively. I'm trying to be less invested in punitive paradigms, so I will now approach this issue by factoring affect and dysphoria into my evaluation of the argument and performance of the person that was misgendered (by being more lenient), rather than punishing the person that made the mistake. If the incident is triggering to the point of disrupting the debate, presumption will fall with the person that was misgendered. Trust me, trans people in debate would rather have a substantive debate than squeak a W out of a moment of trauma. We should all work to make this activity less traumatic than it already is. We can all do better.
1) I have found incredible value in all forms of debate (except public forum). As a result, I don't presume any particular model is better than any other. I can be persuaded that a model focused on the plan is preferable, but the team defending that model must establish some external value to plan focus debating beyond its perceived intrinsic value. That doesn't mean fairness isn't an impact, but it does mean I need some reason to preserve a fair game (and require the affiramtive to conform to that model) beyond its virtue of being fair. Similarly, the affirmative team should have some conception of what they would like debate to center around, if not the plan. I need some reason to prefer the types of debates that happen with no plan present, and a clear justification for requiring the negative to conform to that model.
2) TVA don't have to solve the aff, just 2AC offense against framework. Some offense (critiques of the state, critiques of prediction, critiques of debate/topic process) won't be resolved by the TVA. Others (critiques of literature access, critiques of content, critiques of exclusion) can be. The TVA and SSD are defense, not offense. They can be very important, but you still gotta win offense.
3) Framework is engagement, not policing. All non-plan based affirmative contain some advocacy for a shift away from a plan-focus model of debate. Defending that model is not excluding the aff argument, but taking it up on a core assumption.
Policy Aff v. the K
1) I would rather hear a defense of realism/liberalism/positivism/humanism/ect than a procedural argument about framework. Your 1AC does, in fact, contain epistemological, ontological, methodological, and theoretical assumption and representations that you are responsible for defending. The plan is only a good idea because of these assumptions. If you can't defend them, the plan probably isn't a good idea.
2) I personally think impact turning links rather than reducing the scope and importance of the aff to avoid the link is a better strategy. It is a bad look to debate from a position of fear.
3) The negative MUST engage the plan, unless your argument is about style or debate form. If your argument is not about debate specifically, then the only other way for me to understand it is by filtering it through the plan. All claims of advocacy spilling out from debate are just as illusory as fiat, so unless your position is "its bad to have plans" the aff gets to weigh the plan by leveraging a defense of the assumptions of the 1AC. "Fiat is illusory" doesn't beat "Russia is revisionist", but "security epistemology bad" might.
Plan Focused Debate
1) Do more risk calculous - not just impact calc, but contextual and comparative analysis between the solvency deficit to the CP and the risk of the NB.
2) I need better explanations of what I'm supposed to do with say no - it unlikely you will win 100% say no, so how does a risk of say no affect how I understand the risk of Aff solvency in relationship to their impacts.
3) Condo - too much condo is like porn. I can't define it but I know it when I see it. The quality and type of conditional advocacies should matter more than the number. I'm down to vote on condo, but am far more persuaded by arguments about how the particular 1nc you faced made giving a competitive 2AC impossible, rather then generic thoughts from the last 15 years about conditionality as a practice.
4) Other theory - is only reason to reject the arg. Ill judge kick unless the aff contests conditionality through the 2ar or says no judge kick before the 2ar. If there is a debate about judge kick I can go either way. All else being equal, I find it difficult to imagine a scenario where the 2NR invests substantive time in the cp, I judge kick it, and the 2NR still has enough on case and the DA to win. 2NC CPs legit if condo is uncontested or the neg wins its good. On questions of theory in a debate where the plan is the focus, I am 1000% more concerned about fairness and strategy than education. Debate is a game friendos.
5) T - can be a really important tool, Im likley to interpret it though a framework type lens only because I'm far more familiar with FW than T. Again, way more concerned with strategy than education here.
6) Affs need to kick advantages/scenarios sooner and more often, thats why we got add-ons and 1AR impact turns.
K v. K
1) Negative teams need to hold affirmative teams more accountable to what the affs advocacy actually is. this should happen in cross ex and speeches.
2) The affirmative should be as invested as the negative team in describing differences between the aff and the alt. The perm is defensive, so the Aff still needs an offensive NB.
3) Affs get perms, but the less specific the aff is about what they do the less likley the perm is to generate a net benefit. If the alt is so compatible with the aff, then it is likley that it solve huge portions of the aff. Aff need to be specific about what they are permuting (theories, methods, advocacies, ect). The negative should take advantage of vague aff perms b describing what they are permuting for them. See point 2.
4) Neg strategies that center presumption or pessimism need clear offensive args to beat the affective attachment to change we feel generated by the affirmatives description of the violence of the squo. These positions are super winnable in front of me, but I have found this question to be at the nexus of almost every debate of this type I have judged.
5) Debate is already traumatic as fuck. We are all here to win. Please presume good faith from others who are speaking their truths, unless they prove to be problematic. I dislike judging debates about the character of individual debaters, but will obviously do so if thats what the debate comes down to. My decision will ultimately rest on who did the better debating, and any judgement rendered is not final nor is it a judgement on the character of individual debaters.