Mark Little ParadigmLast changed 9/10 11:44A PST
Updated for TOC 2019 and early tournaments of 2019-2020
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Current: OES (Oregon Episcopal School) 6 years
- Cornell assistant coach (pre-merger)
- UW debater (pre-merger)
- Interlake debater (long time ago)
1. Open to any argument. There are comments below about three substantive positions: T, PoMo Ks, and Identity Ks.
2. Debate is a game. You get to set the rules, except for speech times, speech order, and prep time.
3. Tech > truth. I am deeply suspicious of truth claims in debate. I endeavor to be flow centric in my judging.
4. Don't steal prep.
5. Debate is a scholarly activity. Sharp use of excellent ev is compelling to me.
6. If I seem grumpy, it just means I'm engaged and interested.
The general rule is that T is great, subject to the exceptions below in the "Substantive arguments" section. Innovative interps or well carded args on T are refreshing.
Theory other than T
Vote for and against theory args.
- Condo / dispo: make no assumptions about the number of neg positions a team gets. Default to dispo (its ok to kick). Need justification for condo (its ok to contradict). Willing to change these defaults.
- Framework / T USFG: sure, but you will be more successful if you also engage substantively with the aff even if you don't ultimately go for those args in the 2NR.
- ASPEC, OSPEC, etc: if they are meaningful arguments, no problem voting for them.
- Novel or resurrected theory: explain it, win it, and the ballot is yours.
Straight forward. A couple of pet peeves:
- "Perm do both" is not an argument. Perms need an explanation of how they function and why they disprove competition.
- "Perms are severance and VI" is not an argument. As a default, perms are a test of competition and not an advocacy, barring an actual shift by the aff.
Mild preference for Ks grounded in the topic or with meaningful links to the aff. Links of omission are usually not persuasive.
Substantive arguments: T, PoMo Ks, and Identity Ks
Normally, I don't have opinions on substantive arguments, but I have noticed two patterns in my judging which you might care about:
1. POMO positions with some relation to the topic win my ballot much more frequently than POMO with no relation to the topic.
2. Identity politics positions are challenging under two conditions:
(a) if the team running identity politics position cannot answer the question "How can the other team reasonably win the ballot?", then I will probably vote against the position, and
(b) arguments predicated on the other team's identity will get ignored. You are welcome to argue about your own identity or social position.