Adam Lederer ParadigmLast changed 1/12 12:56P EDT
Debated Policy for 3 years at Alpharetta High School (GA)
Georgia Tech c/o 2022 (Public Policy)
I have judged zero rounds on the immigration topic, so don't assume that I know the acronyms and buzzwords that you'll inevitably spew out at 300 wpm.
I try my best to view each round as a blank slate, and am pretty open to most arguments. With that said, I am less likely to be familiar with critical arguments, so quality articulation will need to be done to persuade me to vote for them. To be honest, T debates aren't my favorite to judge; I default to competing interpretations, but am often persuaded by reasonability. Case lists from both sides in T debates are key.
Also important: I am predisposed to favor consequentialist moral frameworks. I generally think that outcomes matter, and a moral worldview is only as good as the world that results from it. This does not mean you can't win on deontology, as I have voted on these arguments before. You just have an uphill battle if you go with this strategy.
The best debates are high in clash and evidence comparison. Do not underestimate the utility of CX... let's be honest, policy debate is full of contrived link chains and tag lines that have little to do with the text of the card. CX is a great time to point out these inconsistencies and gain ethos in the meantime.
Impact calc is vital. The 2AR/2NR should paint a clear picture of why you get my ballot. Don't be messy. My flow is ultimately what I evaluate in making my decision, so jumping around increases the odds of me missing something that could play a key role in the debate.
Humor can be an effective means of getting across a point. If you make me laugh in the round, your speaker points will be rewarded. Also, if you are somehow able to weave Shrek, Rick and Morty, or the offensiveness/inferiority of pineapple pizza into your speech, I will bump your speaks up by 0.1.
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