Matthew Gillespie Paradigm

Last changed 1/22 8:03P MDT

In general:
Your job as a debater is to persuade me. It's not to prove your point; it's not to destroy your opponent's case; it's not even to win. It's to persuade me as the judge that I should see the world the way you want me to see it, and thus put your name down on the ballot. This requires the total package, appealing to my reason, my sense of right and wrong, my emotions, and the common ground between us. Just pointing out logical fallacies, or having more recent cards, or pleading for me to "think of the children" does not cut it.

A few specifics on content:

Cases:
I'm fine with any style of case construction, as long as it is well-explained. Value and Criterion/Standard, while the norm, are not necessarily required. It is sad that I have to specify this, but I appreciate when a case is built to confirm or negate the resolution, and not grudgingly tweaked to fit whatever the resolution happens to be.

Cards:
If you throw a card at me, please explain why you read it. Why does it matter? The fact that you read something you printed from the internet, quoted from someone I've never heard of, means precisely squat. In LD, please back up and extend what you read.

Impacts:
When you provide impacts, they should link clearly, be well-explained, and absolutely credible. Please, minimize squirrel cases and implausible claims. Let's keep things real. Debaters have been predicting nuclear war and mass extinction for decades and we're still here.

Facts:
If you state something as a fact, but any person with two brain cells to rub together would know it to be false, I will take that into consideration, even if your opponent does not point it out.

Theory:
There must be legitimate abuse. I will not take into consideration any theory argument presented in the AC.

A few specifics on presentation:

Speed:
I am perfectly fine with speed, so long as it is confined to Policy Debate. ;-)

I can listen quite quickly, but if I can't understand it due to lack of diction or sufficient explanation, or can't stand it due to fatally uninteresting presentation, I don't flow it. I highly value eloquence. Eloquence is impossible above 300 wpm. Please give your speech more meaning than the mere words. THAT is the mark of a great debater. 


Volume:
Please don't yell at me. I have pathologically sensitive hearing. Don't take offense if I put in earplugs. Do take it as a sign that you're getting too loud.

Cross examination / Crossfire:
Please be polite, allowing your opponent to answer your questions, and answering theirs succinctly. I am mightily turned off by monopolizers.


Other than this, I try very hard to be tabula rasa. I will consider any well-explained and well-linked argument when filling out the ballot. Again, persuade me.

Background:
Degrees in philosophy and logic from Boston University, Université Stendahl, and the Sorbonne. Currently a debate coach and teacher of multiple subjects. I am also a trained gemologist, genealogist, and proofreader, and enjoy a host of other occupations. Promethean.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Octos Stuyvesant GJ Walt Whitman WW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Dble-O Geneva School of Boerne RR Hunter College MM Aff Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Triple Ardrey Kell BW Delbarton EG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 5 Scarsdale GQ Newton South Sh Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 5 Walt Whitman AA Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches LB Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 3 Princeton NL Miami Beach Senior FK Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 3 Millburn WV Hunter College RK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 1 Shrewsbury MM Lincoln-Sudbury SP Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 1 Lake Highland Prep SN Fraser Heights Secondary KK Aff
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF Double Pinecrest SS Thomas Jefferson RG Neg Neg on a 2-1
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R5 St James MS Parkersburg South FD Neg
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R5 Thomas Jefferson GS Durham JK Aff
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R3 Capitol Debate BS Morristown West ML Aff
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R3 Shrewsbury MM North Mecklenburg CR Aff
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R2 University OW Poly Prep Country Day SS Neg
Forensics Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/11/2015 PF R2 Morristown West CS Walt Whitman LY Neg
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF Semis Allied Powers MeSa Yikes!!? SB Aff Aff on a 5-0
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R2 TeachMe to Doug KL Day Day Up CxNx Aff
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R2 TeachMe to Doug LiLi Day Day Up XuYa Aff
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Quarte Debaes BB Vicious GY Neg Aff on a 4-1
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Octos Vicious GY Lab KP Aff Aff on a 5-0
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Octos PoFo IF Lab GB Aff Aff on a 5-0
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R6 Debaes CY Vicious II Neg
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R5 Lab UJ PoFo YC Aff
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R2 Vicious BS Lab PZ Neg
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R2 PoFo BoBu Vicious AC Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/14/2015 JVLD Semis Los Altos VP Mira Loma NK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R1 West Broward MA Grapevine NS Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD Trips Lexington JK Immaculate Heart LM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 VLD R2 Syosset RC Westford GH Aff