Chris Ward ParadigmLast changed 9/19 12:52A EDT
Hi I’m Chris. I debated for 4 years at Coeur d’Alene high school and have been judging for a few years now. I’m currently a student at the University of Idaho where I am a secondary education major with intent on also pursuing a master’s in political science.
ABOVE ALL ELSE do what you’re personally best at. I would much rather see a good debate where people know what they are talking about and confident than 4 people struggling to fit perfectly to my paradigm.
Please be able to tell the story of whatever it is that you are arguing, my job is not to connect the dots for you.
Ultimately, I will vote on just about anything as long as it is impacted, has good warrants, etc. I’m pretty easy going so as long as you win the argument, I’ll vote for you plain and simple as that.
Organization is something very important to me. Please make it clear to me when you are moving on to another argument because if you don’t, it might get put on the wrong piece of paper and that could be the piece of evidence that determines the outcome of the round.
If you give me a great line-by-line, you have a substantially greater chance of picking up my ballot.
If there is an email chain being used, please add me: email@example.com
Speed is fine, but do not sacrifice quality for speed. This means I want you to slow down on things like tags, overviews, and rebuttals. What’s the point of reading your extensive overview if I can’t make out what you’re saying clearly?
Please be considerate to one another, this helps the round be more productive and saves you from losing speaker points.
I will be more than willing to answer any questions that you have about specific arguments, decorum, etc. before the round begins.
I love case debate, please tell me why the impacts of the aff outweigh whatever the negative is running. I love hearing debates where whether the 1ac is a prerequisite to the K, disad, etc. due to moral obligation of helping [insert disenfranchised group here]. Side note: Please don't just abandon the 1ac after you read it. It's really annoying and makes the round way less interesting (in my opinion).
Totally fine with disads of any type and any topic. The politics disad as one of my personal favorites to read and go for, so I encourage you to run whatever it is you would like provided that you can explain the story of the link, internal link, and show me why your impact is worse than what your opponent is reading.
The more specific the link, the happier I will be. One good specific piece of evidence goes much farther with me than you reading 6 generic link cards in the 1nc.
Love these too. Many rounds I’ve judged have come down to whether case outweighs the cp. The more topic specific, the better. This doesn’t mean I won’t object to a generic cp as long as you tell me why it’s a good test of competitiveness to the aff and prove to me why the cp and the perm are mutually exclusive.
If I’m being honest here, I wasn’t a big K debater. THIS DOES NOT MEAN I DON’T WANT YOU TO RUN THEM IN FRONT OF ME! Many of the best rounds I’ve debated/judged in have had excellent and nuanced K debating so if that’s your jam, then go for it. I consider myself fairly competent in some of the literature out there however, this is not a free pass to use a bunch of big words in hopes of winning my ballot. (Spoiler: this decreases your chance of getting my ballot)
Like everyone else, do not assume I know who the author is or what their philosophy entails because I’m telling you right now, I don’t. I am not a philosophy student and I don’t have the time to read and comprehend every author so please put in the work in explaining it.
You will pick up my ballot if you have: specific links to the aff, don’t read a lazy generic alt, and extend the impact of the K. Who cares if the methodology of the aff is bad if there isn’t an impact to come because of that flawed methodology?
K’s that I am competent in: Capitalism, Security, Neoliberalism, Colonialism, Post Col, Set Col, Fem IR, Nietzsche, etc.
K’s that will definitely need more explanation: Baudrillard, D&G, Batille, Anti-Blackness, Afropessimism, Agamben, etc.
Floating PIKs are a conflicting area for me. I will probably tell you after the round that it might not have been the best strategic choice because my aff threshold isn't really all that high for it, but if the aff says nothing then there's nothing I can do. That being said, it's not that hard to figure out so I don't think this should be happening all that often.
Good T debates are also fun to listen to. My threshold on T is pretty high so I better hear more than just a simple extension of your standards and voting issues when you get to the rebuttals. As a result, I need you to impact T if you’re going for it and you feel the aff is abusive. I default to competing interpretations but have been persuaded otherwise during the round.
Theory was one of my favorite arguments to go for in rounds. Just like everyone else, I prefer you slow down during theory debates, especially during the rebuttals. Your theory argument becomes 1000% less persuasive when you vomit it out at 300+ words/min. Like T if this is your endgame, you’d better impact it out and tell me why voting neg will prevent this in future rounds. I really need you to sell me this argument if I’m going to vote on it.
I don’t have much experience with performance-based arguments however, I will still do my best to evaluate the argument to the best of my ability. I have had increasing experience with K Affs though. I don’t really have any predispositions to any of these arguments so run them, I enjoy listening to them and learning.
Couple things to keep in mind with me in the back of the room: I still like hearing some form of an advocacy statement in a K Aff, even if it means making it up in cx or something. If I don't know what the aff does, I'm not voting for it. You should also slow down when it comes to tag lines. Your paragraph-long tag doesn’t mean anything to me if I can’t understand what you’re saying.
Most importantly, have fun! At the end of the day, we do this because we enjoy it. Even in judging, I learn something knew at every tournament I go to and you should too. That’s what debate is all about win or lose. At the end of the day it’s all just part of the game we play :]