Eric Barden

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 2 December 2021 2:08 PM CST

Ebarden323@outlook.com

I debated four years at Emporia High School and Washburn Rural High School (Kansas)—class of 1991. I went on to debate at the University of Texas for three years. I suppose I should be considered a traditionalist, but I don’t have any predisposition against more progressive styles of debate.

My judging experience is mainly from policy debate. I expect my approach to public forum debate will be similar. You tell me how I should view the round. I will default to a utilitarian calculus, but it is up to you to define how I should rank competing impacts and values. I view the competing teams as authors of their own worlds, and I must choose which world I prefer.

Debates that demonstrate substantial interaction with the positions of the other side are more interesting than debates that operate in independent universes. Strategically, conceding too much of the case debate leaves you fighting an uphill battle.

I was around during the early days of the kritik, but I don’t have a lot of knowledge of most of today’s kritiks. If you abandon the case debate to focus on a generic kritik with only tangential links to the affirmative you potentially relieve the affirmative of their burden of proof.

Tactics that will help you win my ballot:

Be intelligible. I’m not going to flow the emailed text of your speech. I’m going to flow what I hear you say in the round. Go as fast as you want as long as you are not sacrificing comprehensibility. The goal is to deliver an efficient speech that maximizes word economy.

Explain the implications of the arguments that you are winning. It’s not enough to win the argument. Explain how the argument fits into how you want me to evaluate the overall round.

Specifically counter your opponents’ arguments. Highlight the weakness of their sources, or of the logic of their sources’ assertions. I’m looking for a demonstration of your ability to think independently of your front-line blocks.

Evidence is a tool to support your arguments and analysis. I’ll give more weight to a logical, original analytic than a piece of evidence with thin reasoning.

It’s an honor to participate in this activity with you. Have a great weekend!

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Dripping Springs TFA Tiger Tussle HS 2021-12-11 VPF R3 Hendrickson Crim & Acosta Westlake Shim & Kondagunturi Con
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 PF R5 Dulles Yue & Pineda Strake Jesuit Dubey & Kennedy Con
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 PF R3 Delbarton Moldoveanu & Sun Strake Jesuit Bloesch & Goldin Con
The Longhorn Classic HS 2021-12-03 PF R3 Myers Park Smith & Bohmfalk L C Anderson Z Domsch & L Yalamanchili Pro
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX Semis Liberal Arts and Science FG Hendrickson CO Neg Neg 3-0
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX Quarte L C Anderson GR Liberal Arts and Science FG Neg Neg 3-0
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX R4 Austin Peace SK Liberal Arts and Science RS Neg
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX R3 Liberal Arts and Science BC Hendrickson CO Aff
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX R2 Liberal Arts and Science SB Hendrickson EE Aff
Bowie Lampasas Swing HS 2021-11-12 JVCX R1 L C Anderson GR Liberal Arts and Science SS Aff