Nico Rodriguez-Hanley ParadigmLast changed 1/18 11:57A EDT
Debated 4 years at Shawnee Mission East
Currently debate at KU
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Before I edited my paradigm (1/11/2020) I think it did a better job of explaining a lot of stuff that people dont really care about rather than the few things people check paradigms for, so I’m basically just listing off some takes I have about debate in descending order of what’s relevant
1. I think framework is a hard argument for me to gauge myself on - by that i mean if i was going for framework in front of myself i wouldn’t know a guaranteed way to get my ballot. Two things you should know are that a) I usually vote for K affs against fw, b) I almost 100% believe framework (neg) is a true argument when I try to rationalize how I think about debate. I think the big reason for this is because framework debates are much more technically demanding of 2ns to a degree that they often aren’t accustomed to, e.g. making difficult strategic decisions on what pieces of defense to go for (counterinterp doesnt solve, switch side, tva) how to frame case answers as defense to framework, and what pieces of offense to go for/how to frame offense in a way that outweighs impacts to the neg interp. One piece of advice that might help neg policy teams against a k aff when with me in the back of the room would be to do two things: think of why the counterinterp doesnt solve their offense (justifies a bad aff/set of affs) or you can think of reasons why they dont meet their interp - i feel comfortable voting on the traditional clash good tva switch side 2nr but there is a much higher chance of you winning in front of me if you’re right that their counterinterp is bad/they dont meet it. I’ll admit my threshold for this argument is maybe lower than it should be but until i learn enough about debate to know why this arg isn’t OP against K affs ill keep voting on it ¯\_(ãƒ„)_/¯
2. I’ll vote on anything but I won’t give speaks based solely on your ability to secure a dub. Obviously winning a theory argument that went conceded will win you the debate but depending on what that argument is, you may not get the best speaks for it. I think it’s important to encourage people to go for arguments that are good while also taking into account that debate is a competitive activity where people want to win and will do so however possible. How I determine the value behind particular strategies and if i think they’re good/bad for the activity is admittedly subjective, but if you flame me for it, take into account that I’ve been debating for longer than you have and my confidence in being correct will significantly overdetermine any complaints you may have. If you go for condo and give a fire speech I may even give you 29.5+ but if you make me vote on no neg fiat i probably wont give you above a 28.3. I also don’t think that I require a lot of time dedication to theory args in the last rebuttal, eg if the 2nr is 20 seconds of condo and the 2ar is at least 1 minute, i might still vote aff, which could give you the opportunity to win the rest of the debate even if i dont buy condo which will be more likely to increase speaks. This applies to other theory arguments that i would normally not give high speaks on (severence perms bad, t is an rvi, no neg fiat, advantage cps are cheating, vague alts bad)
3. If you go for death good please pref me so i can be the one to give you 0 speaks and a loss.
4. I tend to not like small affs or faux k affs. I don’t think they’re strategic against policy stuff or ks because impact framing against big das and cps is never contextual to the offense they read and you have to justify your reps against ks if they win framework anyway so you might as well at least have an impact that outweighs structural violence.
5. Policy vs K debates: I’ll just lay out what “arsenal” i think it’s best for the affirmative to have coming out of the 1ar - weighing the plan is good, the model of fiat is pedagogically valuable, 1ac impacts are real and cause harm (ideally, extinction), you should evaluate extinction before other impacts due to its irreversibility, perm do both, the thesis claims of the kritik are wrong/AT:ontology
6. Disads are great. Politics disads are even better. If I could change one thing about the things i hear in debates it would just be the allocation of time between framing arguments vs warranted analysis/cards. I think in rebuttals the actual descriptive claims you wanna go for need to be really EMPHASIZED. If I miss a piece of judge instruction in the 2nr that’s pretty low stakes but if i miss the warrant that you’re instructing me how to vote on, thats an issue.
7. CPs are kinda OP and sometimes cheating but also sometimes not. Advantage cps are valid af, process cps are ok, so are agent cps. Delay cp, courts cp, conditions cp, and multi-actor process cps are probably the most cheating, especially delay and conditions. If you’ve read this far into my paradigm I might as well say that for me to vote on theory pretty quickly, give some good examples of what kinds of cps they would justify and what they do for limits/fairness. Another thing is that most of the neg justifications to these counterplans don’t assume the way they massively abuse fiat. E.g. the authors who write lit that could theoretically check abuse for delay cps probably doesn’t assume that the only solvency deficit the aff would get would be timeframe T-(x number of days).
8. for aff teams who don't read a plantext and want to know how I feel about framework: I probably wont think that the model of debate you're likely going to forward would actually be better for the activity. That said, my win-rate for K teams against a framework 2nr is somewhere around 5-1 (not good data bc k teams usually have experience in more competitive pools but it's a stat worth considering). I think the more frustrated you make the aff at their inability to explain the utility of policy debates, the funnier, and I like giving speaks for that (plus it's a good way to preempt answers to their offense). I tend to think that the most exploitable part of k affs is the counterinterp paired with explaining why the ballot is necessary to fully realize the "impact" of the aff's critique of the topic/debate. A trend I've noticed with teams in highschool (and college) who don't read a plantext is a solid explanation of how the rest of debate operates in conjunction with the affirmative (as in not just the 1ac, but the actual iterative process of debating, plus the ballot). If you can explain to me why the affirmative is good, why debating it is good, how the negative ought to be expected to respond, and why the ballot is necessary for that, you’re in a good place to not lose
1. Not everything that I or any judge tells you is necessarily good advice. I think improvement in debate is a unique and personal thing that requires a lot of self-reflection. No two people think about debate in the same way and that's part of why I like it. Implications of that: I understand that the strategy that maybe I would have chosen to execute in a debate round isn't a) the ultimate best or b) the one that fits the style of debate that you like to practice.
2. Debate is supposed to be fun. I'll never understand people who go into debates genuinely (or seemingly genuinely) upset at what they're doing. If you have fun, the round is more fun, judging is more fun, etc. Debates that are fun to watch are so much easier to deal out higher speaker points to.
3. Everything in my paradigm is true only to an extent - ****good arguments change my opinions all the time so if you think you're right about something go for it - I try to make an effort to check my biases toward particular arguments****
Try not to be problematic. Debate is a competitive space in which we all try to have fun / escape the chaos of reality, so don't bring toxic behavior into it.
0-26 - you did something really shitty in round
26-27.8 - below average
27.8-28.5 - average
28.5-29 - good/great
29-29.5 - exceptional
I won't give above a 29.5 unless I'm absolutely blown away by the performance of the debater. I'm doubtful that I'll be rewarding a 30 to anyone ever
Don’t clip 0 speaks and loss.
Don’t be a dick - that was in the overview.
Don’t be rude in cross ex - that includes one partner doing all of cross ex - defo not a fan of one partner thinking they're smarter than the other.