Varun Chandrasekaran Paradigm
Having judged and watched rounds at multiple tournaments, I've developed some opinions that will help you be successful in front of me. I've read the topic paper and have seen a wide range of rounds from traditional policy to performance debates on the topic. I do have a good working knowledge and will weigh the overall pros and cons of your arguments to determine the winner. I am a Grad student, specializing in Computer Science from NYU. I've received an UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE in Engineering in Computer Science from India. This means that I have preference for well-reasoned arguments based in cogent logic that are tied to the topic. I am willing to listen to performance arguments but it will be to your advantage to explicitly justify
a) the benefits of your particular approach to affirmation
b) how it ties to the resolution if you feel it does and
c) how I should compare poetry, music, personal narratives or other elements of your scholarship to traditional academic research.
Given my lack of exposure to rapid-fire speeches prior to this year, this burden should not be insurmountable. But if you stand up and read a poem or a narrative for seven minutes without explanation or justification, there is substantial risk I won't get it. Since I did not participate in formal debate in high school or college, please do not rely on me to be that familiar with debate terminology or its in-round functions (although I have received multiple judge orientations).
The most important element is that to be successful if you are fast, well-organized team, you will need to cut down your speed by about 20% when I judge you if you want me to be able to favorably process your arguments. More explanation with detailed analysis is generally preferable to fewer cards.