Andrew Gong ParadigmLast changed 3/26 9:06A PDT
Hi! I'm Andrew, a junior at Harvard-Westlake. I've been doing LD for 4 years.
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I'm fine for any argument, don't let my personal style dictate what args you run (except for tricks, don't read tricks). Speed is fine, but obviously be clear.
K affs: I've never read them but I'm sympathetic to them. Just due to how I personally debate, I'm probably about 60% in favor of framework in these debates and 40% for the aff, but obviously the debate is still very winnable for the K aff. I think fairness is an internal link, not an impact, but I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise.
CP/DA: I read them almost every round, I like them. I'll read evidence if you tell me to. I'm honestly still undecided on condo/PICs good/bad, so I'm down for a good theory debate in either direction. I like impact turns.
K: I don't read them as often anymore (I probably read like 1 K a tournament nowawadays, but I used to read them every other round). That being said, I have tons of experience running/answering them in years past, and honestly K debate can be more enjoyable to watch than policy args. I know a decent amount about a wide range of K lit, but I don't have an in-depth understanding of any one K in particular, so you still have to explain concepts well - anything from cap, to afropess, to pomo is fine. Identity debate is cool, but I don't think the ballot should be solely a referendum on identity - debate should be about ideas before people.
T: It's cool and I'll judge it, I don't really have any opinions. My only notable thought on T: I want to clarify what reasonability means to me - if you win reasonability, then I'll ignore any offense connected to either team's interp, and instead just evaluate in-round abuse. If you're going for reasonability then you should debate about why you were reasonable, not your interp. If you want me to evaluate reasonability as the usual "if you win some defense you're good" I can do that too, but it's not my default.