Ananth Panchanadam ParadigmLast changed 4/21 9:54P EDT
Unionville High School’15 New York University in New York’19
Constrains: Stuyvesant, Unionville and NYU, Ransom Everglades
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CX Judge Philosophy:
I love debate and If you love debate then I will love you.
But In reality I want to support those who work really hard to come up in debate. I know that many of y’all have many interesting and complicated stories as to how you got here both in debate and to this tournament. I WILL GIVE YOU MY UNDIVIDED ATTENTION AND IF YOU DON’T THINK I AM FEEL FREE TO CALL ME OUT. I want to give you the respect you deserve. Debate is about the students at the end of the day and you need a fair judge.
PLEASE BE VERY CLEAR AND SIGN POST WHAT PART OF THE DEBATE YOU ARE ON (Ie: Perm Debate, Framing).
Updated Paradigm 4/21/17:
I’ve decided to give my paradigm a much needed update for the TOC. I’m going to try and keep this short and to the point.
I don’t have particular biases towards arguments and I have coached performative, critical and policy based arguments. I decided that this paradigm update is better suited to address how you should approach deploying arguments.
However I will say I’ve always enjoyed watching Policy on Policy, Clash of Civs and Impact turns against ks.
First, You should write my ballot for me. This is more than just saying “we win a risk of solving dehumanization impact so vote aff”. I want you to resolve issues in these debates. So tell me why winning a risk that you solve dehumanization is important against other pieces of offense. Otherwise I am just left with a bunch of standalone arguments that I have to match together. That just increases the possibility that I may not see the debate the same way you do.
Second, Framing is everything: You should give me a way to visualize the debate. This can be ROB/ROJ or just offense that tells me what I should prioritize. This is usually the first thing I look for before making a decision. I highly suggest you use Framing arguments to resolve other arguments on the flow.
Third, Impact your arguments: You will have a very hard time winning on your offense if you don’t impact it out for me. They should have some sort of tangible impact. This is especially important for the K.
Fourth, Saying a bunch a big words and calling that a link doesn’t mean it’s a link. If you are not able to fundamentally tell me why the aff is bad then I don’t know why I should care or why I should vote neg. Link arguments should have external impacts. (Ex. X word is racist and using that word causes psychological violence) That is something I can vote on but reproducing the same jargon heavy language of the 1nc evidence doesn’t tell me why the affirmative is particularly bad.
Fifth, I put a big emphasis on the link debate. In K debates I am willing to look past the link debate if I am given a reason to. I also treat K links like linear disads. I also treat T and theory standards like linear disads.
Sixth, I dig strong spin but I will call for evidence in close debates.
Race/Queer/Ability etc… (What white people call “performance”): This is my jam. Don’t how ever think that just because you read these types of arguments you will automatically win against framework.
Intersectionality Perms: My Biggest pet peeve is when teams read a bunch of evidence about white women and then read 1 intersectionality card. It is a pathetic copout and won’t be rewarded. Your lesbian separatism or reproductive futurism aff isn’t intersectional and you shouldn’t try and make it. But if you do try and claim you’re intersectional and are facing against an actually intersectional aff then you have an uphill battle. You have prove that to me on a methodological level.
Flowing: While I don’t prefer doing this, If you do ask for me to not flow the debate round and the other team agrees as well I will entertain an alternative mode note taking. If the other team wants me to flow the round, I will flow unless you win a reason as to why I shouldn’t. If you do I will put my flows away and then judge the round without them. Unfortunately, I doubt winning that arg means you’ll necessarily win the debate but I can be persuaded otherwise.
Framing: To me your knowledge production is the way you “frame your work” so I like to hear meta-level framing questions. In terms of the ballot the judges conceptualization of debate etc… It is important you prioritize what your aff looks like in terms of my ballot.
Answering Framework: Saying “framework is racist because it excludes people of color” isn’t a very persuasive argument and is probably easily answered by any decent framework team. I think you all need to go on a more nuanced level as to how framework is problematic. I think contextualizing the aff in terms of the world under their interp is important. I also think its very important to spend the time to engage with the Topical version of the aff.
Overviews: I know we love reading verbose overviews and it is a really bad practice that trades off with other parts of the debate. If you are reading a pointless 2-3 minute overview I will just be really annoyed and probably doc speaker points.
I enjoy these and like affs that are deployed smartly. So do your thing.
Inherency: the Squo is not the same as inherency. I hate when debaters think that inherency is a waste of your time its not so don’t tell me it is when it comes up.
I like advantages with specific internal links and impacts that actually relate to the link story you have provided. In heavy impact comparison debates I tend to lean towards a team with a stronger and more specific impact with a clear mechanism to overcoming the internal link level. I prefer when affs go after internal links on Disads and engage in very specific evidence comparison.
Inherency: I would prefer inherency take-outs to be a theory argument. Why is it wrong for the aff to not provide an attitudinal barrier? Why should I test the aff through a stock issues paradigm. These are things you need to foundationally establish to get my ballot. These are all things I am open to listening.
DA: I love well articulated Disads. I think they can and should be used very strategically. To win a DA the neg needs to win the Uniqueness Link/Internal link and impact and outweigh and turn the case. If the aff can solve the internal links of the DA then I don’t think a 1% risk of a link is enough to vote for the neg. I think specific DA + CP combo’s with internal link take outs on case are a thing of beauty
CP’s: I think the CP should be functionally and textually competitive. I they should solve the case and resolve the impacts/link level of the net benefit.
Case Debate: I think this is one of the worst aspects of debate now. People honestly read the same terrible open evidence impact defense. I like specific internal link takeouts over impact defense. I love impact turns. To me be specific. This also includes Kaff debate.
I love these debates but I will only reward you if you know what you are talking about and you provide a CLEAR articulation of the alternative. Specific is always better. Even if you are reading a generic K make your link analysis specific with the case. I don’t like long verbose overviews. I think you need to link to the aff but if you frame it the right way I can evaluate your k as a competing method to the aff. The Role of the ballot/Framework debate most likely the first mode of evaluation. If you are winning framework and at least one reason why the status quo is better than the aff in terms of that framework then I will vote neg. Be tactical with it.
Language Args (Gendered language, ableist language etc…):
I think you should avoid using those words in general. If you are called out I may reduce .5 speaker points. If it becomes an argument in the debate I will vote on it but I don’t necessarily find it very persuasive if you aren’t somehow trying to overcome the structures that they are perpetuating. An easy way to avoid these debates is to NOT USE THEM. It’s easy way to be less oppressive.
I am also very protective of ESL/Foreign students in these situations. If they apologize and say they don't quite have a grasp of English I suggest you don't make it a voting issue and talk to them after the debate. If you keep pursuing it then you are making the space unsafe for these debaters and I'll probably vote you down on racism/xenophobia.
Moral Abhorrence/bad arguments:
I will not vote on arguments such as racism good, sexism good or homophobia good. I think debate is an important space and these arguments are psychologically violent and should not be tolerated in an academic setting.
In round etiquette: I’m very relaxed with prep. Prep ends when you say “end prep”. Don’t be that kid who steals a minute of prep. I think being nice is a good idea. I think personal attacks should be based in something. Don’t be racist/sexist/homophobic etc… towards another debater.
Other than that just take a deep breath and enjoy your chance to debate because soon enough it will be gone.
Since I am judging at Apple Valley I will address LD issues:
I think theory arguments should have a fully fleshed impact scenarios. I treat theory standards like a disad (Uniqueness, link/internal link and impact). Tell me why “education” or “fairness” matters and why it is a reason to vote down the team not just the argument. I think the abuse explanation should be clear. I prefer actual abuse to be articulated. That doesn’t mean that I will not vote on potential abuse but you really need to win what potential abuse is enough to for me to vote for you. I guess with the rise of theory come RVI’s. You need to do comparative impact calculus between your abuse story and the other team’s abuse story.
I’ll personally think that “theory heavy” focus debate is not a good model. That being said I will vote on it if you win the arguments.
If you are reading a K argument, make sure you don’t double turn yourself with your theory.
Topicality is not a reverse voter, it is an affirmative burden to be topical! I want a clear reason why they violate. I need an outlined story. I am open to critical responses. If you want to impact turn away more power to you. If you want to K of T more power to you.
If you are reading a T/FW style argument, I have voted both ways and I am not really biased any particular way. That being said, I think saying I’m not persuaded by “k affs make people quit arguments”. I think there needs to be some depth.
I think you should isolate net benefits to the interp over there’s
Role of Ballot/ Role of Judge/Framework:
Just like T and Framework I want net benefits to your framing of debate. Explain to me how your framing influences what I prioritize or how it influences the way I evaluate meta and micro level issues. I think it is important to explain your framing to the substance and the other T and theory arguments in the debate.
Policy Style Arguments:
I am cool with policy style arguments. I think you should be clear as to how you solve your harms. If you want more as to how I evaluate them check out my policy paradigm.
I am cool with them. I explained it above in policy paradigm