Ann Bird ParadigmLast changed 10/9 11:49A EDT
Ann Bird Paradigm/Philosophy
I am an attorney. I see PF debate as similar to an attorney’s oral argument, where the goal is to convince the audience to adopt the speaker’s point of view. The key is to make the process as easy for the audience as possible.
The most convincing arguments are:
1. delivered slowly enough to allow the audience to hear, understand, note, and also think about as they are presented;
2. well organized;
3. simple; and
The first speaker should give listeners an outline of the entire argument at the outset, and the last speaker should explain how that outline was fulfilled. The argument should not require the audience to accept more than three or four subordinate points, and it should not have more than one or two sources of evidence or support for each point. Finally, the argument should demonstrate why the proposition impacts and/or reflects the lives of the listeners.
I will reward debaters who present a convincing argument without regard to whether I am actually convinced.