Gordie Miller Paradigm

Last changed Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM UTC

Update for 14-15 legalization topic

 On June 24, 2011 My brother Vinny committed suicide. I miss him every second of every day. Sometimes those feelings overwhelm me, It happens less today but it still happens. I encourage you to continue making your arguments about physician assisted suicide, Please realize that my tears (should they appear) are for my brother not for /against your arguments. I may need a moment to gather myself, but i will be very clear with you if that is necessary. Obviously if this occurs i won't be in  position to "police" whether you are prepping , I will leave this up to the debaters to decide wether to use this moment or two as mutual prep time or as time to get to know each other as comrades instead of competitors. I hope it rarely happens, but simply put, I cant control/predict when it does.

Everything Below I feel is still an accurate statement of my judging thoughts.

 

The recent discussions about judging (mpj, paradigms, and philosophies) have encouraged me to (re)think about the way I judge debates.  I am very conflicted about MPJ. When I debated we didn’t have it but I sure wanted it.  It was very frustrating to get assigned a judge that I knew didn’t like my arguments or was ideologically opposed to my arguments (or my coach or my team). But I also knew that it forced (encouraged?) me to be adaptable. We had to have multiple Affs ready and several different neg strategies. Of course sometimes we went with the “Damn the torpedo’s, full speed ahead!” strategy. It was like eating cooked spinach, hated it but probably made me stronger.  Over the next few years, as MPJ was being implemented, I found myself judging lots of debates. I judged policy debates, K debates, “clash” debates, you name it I judged it. I always filled my commitment and usually judged multiple elim rounds. One year at Towson JV/Novice Nationals,  I was top rated on both the pref sheet and the debaters vote after the tournament. (Yes, me, Gordie Miller, Top Judge! Unbelievable but true.) I was living the MPJ high life (Miller, get it?).  I was bragging about my awesomeness to some of my debaters when one asked me, “Do you think maybe that has more to do with you being a pleasant, unthreatening, white male than it does you being an awesome judge?”  I immediately denied any link to white male privilege and continued to bask in my awesomeness. As the years turned, I found myself judging fewer teams, not filling my commitment at national tournaments, and no longer (or rarely) judging out rounds. I saw my debater (now graduated) and told her, “See, I’m lower on pref sheets now, clearly white male privilege is not an issue.” She smiled, shook her head and asked “How about those judges that never were at the top of the pref sheet and never got a chance to be ‘evaluated’ on the rounds they actually judged but only on who they appeared to be?”  I started to really think about white male privilege. Some of you know I had rather long hair for many years (I’m growing it back; I miss the feeling of wind in my hair.) I would go up to Canada quite often to watch the Expos.  I always got waived through at the Canadian border, until my hair was long. There was a direct correlation short hair “Welcome to Canada, Enjoy!” long hair “ Please pull over and talk to the  Immigration officer.”  I thought I was beginning  to understand discrimination. I was but I understood that I could simply cut my hair and shave my beard and all the benefits of white male privilege were back.  Nice story Frosty but what does that have to do with your judging? You ask.  Well…

I don’t think conditionality is fair or even ethical. In my opinion it is not “real world.” Well it is for white people (especially men.) We can go back and forth, be allies or enemies, stand in solidarity or in opposition and not be judged for it. I feel conditionality is similar if not directly white male privilege, even when “used” by people of color or women.  I am open to the idea that maybe conditionality in debate is the one time (or one a few times) when people are not locked in a stable identity and that is good and even necessary.  As my coach Tuna says, “It’s debate, not agree.”

I really enjoy debates about the affirmative or as we called it in the olden days, case debate. The caselist is there, most tournaments and teams request, no demand, that everyone disclose their arguments, (I think it’s a good idea, open honest communication is a good goal.) You know (for the most part) what the Aff is, engage it. Sure a counterplan is a good way to engage, yep disads and K’s can engage the case and sure good ole’ fashioned case turns work. I prefer that these strategies engage the case. I don’t always feel that PIC’s do that when the net benefit is some process DA or a Kritik with a generic topic (read not the aff) link. Even when using the one-off strategy, I think it is a bad idea to spot the aff the case.  Their Miller card proves the link isn’t persuasive. Their Miller card that says conditionality is unethical and white male priviledge is the link is more persuasive.

I love and hate the permutation. I find myself voting aff on the perm a lot this year. I feel that many debaters just assume “the perm is another link” without any evidence to support it. I love when the negative reads evidence that says your attempted combination of the aff and neg dooms both to failure. I love the perm because it is an argument that says yes I’ve thought about that and here is my defense of my ontology/epistemology/language/being/existence. I hate the perm because it is coded language. 1. Perm do both 2. Perm all the noncompetitive parts of the plan 3. Perm do the aff in all other instances 4. Perm do the counterplan . These are not arguments.  These are claims that invite the judge to fill in the warrants and reasons they like best. I call it the wink wink nudge nudge approach. If the neg gets up and says 1. Don’t do both 2. There are no noncompetitive parts 3. The aff is the only instance 4. Vote neg, you would argue they haven’t made an argument or provided warrants, and you would be right. I think one perm with warrants and evidence is preferable. But see Tuna quote above.

I love and hate framework debates. I love framework debates because I still have yet to see a rulebook for debate (well I guess I have seen the ADA rules, but they seem incomplete, and haven’t been invoked in any debate I’ve seen in over 10 years.) I hate framework debates because they often are simply appeals to debate authority. Debate coach 1 says you need a plan and can’t have critiques. Debate coach 2 says that view excludes needed viewpoints. Debate coach 3 says just do it on the neg. Debate coach 4 says you there aren’t 2 sides because you say heg good or anthro bad on both aff and neg.

I don’t like Topicality or theory debates. I have voted neg on Topicality more than I have decided a debate on theory. I like topicality debates that are based in evidence about the words and phrases in the resolution/plan.  Those debates change based on the topic. But often these debates seem to me to be “I CHOOSE not to research your argument because I don’t want to/don’t think its relevant/don’t think you can beat me so why waste my time on your argument. I suggest spend one fewer hour a week watching TV, movies or on facebook, and spend it reading the articles of 2 cases you think aren’t topical.  My main problem with theory debates is they are usually about future unfairness, some other debate than the one I am judging, or the slippery slope of “potential abuse”. I am more than willing to vote for an argument that says this argument the other team made is unfair or makes this a bad debate. Does that mean I think theory args in the 2NC are legit? Yes it does.

Some other things about my way of judging debates

Paperless Debate.  I think it is fair to assume that if you are paperless you have a viewing computer available. I don’t think the other team has to use it just that it be there if they want to. I prefer, when the internet is available that we email speeches. My email is gordiemiller@gmail.com. When I judge debates Prep time stops when the speaker hits send or save. I don’t think it is fair to say, “ I’m done prepping I just have to save it.” If you are paperless you are not done prepping until you have saved it or sent it. I will stop prep and wait to start speech time until everyone has the speech and the order (if you have one) is given and the speaker starts speaking. I use this method because I believe that in a competitive activity trust is not enough. I believe you when you say you are saving the speech ( I am pretty trusting in general), but I can’t be sure that you are not typing an arg instead of a file name. I think when you are done typing/entering commands is the best way to avoid doubt and mistrust.

I can’t transcribe your speech, my ability to flow is not that good. Your typed out overview is a good thing but if you read it at top speed as if it were “merely” text I won’t get it all down and the parts I do hear and write down may not be what you feel are the most important parts. I will say slower once if I am not getting it.

Please ask me (in person or email) if you have questions about my paradigm or my decision. I will listen and answer your questions.  I will try not to yell at you please try not to yell at me. If you think I was/am unfair/biased/lazy/inattentive call me out.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 N S Binghamton BE Cornell SZ NEG Cornell SZ
Cornell SZ on a 3-0
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 Semis Binghamton SW Cornell KK NEG Cornell KK
Cornell KK on a 2-1
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 1 UC Berkeley AK Kansas BR NEG Kansas BR
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 8 Oklahoma MJ Vermont BL NEG Vermont BL
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 JV Round 1 GeoMas CL Miami PP AFF GeoMas CL
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round 4 Bingha SS GeoMas MT AFF Bingha SS
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Octos Bingha SS NewYor DZ NEG NewYor DZ
NewYor DZ on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Quarters Cornel SZ Libert GT AFF Cornel SZ
Cornel SZ on a 3-0
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 6 Augustana College/Fresno State MP United States Military MS AFF Augustana College/Fresno State MP
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 8 Vermont BL Liberty CE AFF Vermont BL
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Octa Vermont BL Oklahoma CY NEG Oklahoma CY
Oklahoma CY on a 4-1
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV Octos JMU DY BC CC NEG BC CC
BC CC on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 1 NYU GM Liberty SW NEG Liberty SW
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV 2 West Virginia/CUNY FY Binghamton SS AFF West Virginia/CUNY FY
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV 3 NYU CK Cornell RK NEG Cornell RK
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 4 West Virginia WG NYU LL NEG NYU LL
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 5 Liberty DJ Binghamton SW NEG Binghamton SW
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Octas United States Military GM Liberty DJ NEG Liberty DJ
United States Military GM on a 2-1
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open 2 Cornell DR Binghamton SH AFF Cornell DR
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open 3 Binghamton MT Cornell ST NEG Cornell ST
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open 4 Cornell KK Binghamton AM AFF Cornell KK
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round 2 Liberty BJ George Mason OB NEG George Mason OB
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov Octas Rutgers-Newark SG United States Military GM AFF Rutgers-Newark SG
Rutgers-Newark SG on a 2-1
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round 5 George Mason KM CUNY AM NEG CUNY AM
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 JV 6 United States Military BS Liberty KP NEG Liberty KP
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Open 5 West Virginia MO James Madison LM AFF West Virginia MO
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 2 Fresno State AP Western Connecticut State MM AFF Fresno State AP
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 2 Liberty SY James Madison MW AFF Liberty SY
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Open 4 James Madison PM George Mason HM NEG George Mason HM
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 JV 6 Binghamton SC James Madison CT AFF Binghamton SC
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Open Quarters Liberty CW West Virginia MO AFF Liberty CW
West Virginia MO on a 2-1
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 JV Quarters Binghamton SC George Mason GW NEG George Mason GW
George Mason GW on a 3-0
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 JV Semis Liberty KP NYU CK AFF Liberty KP
Liberty KP on a 2-1
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 OPEN Final Rutgers-Newark WM Vermont LB NEG Vermont LB
Vermont LB on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 1 Cornel TM Libert OW AFF Cornel TM
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round 2 GeoMas JT Libert CS NEG Libert CS
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 1 United States Military SM Towson BU NEG Towson BU
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 3 Liberty MT New/CUNY ST AFF Liberty MT
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 4 Rutgers-Newark/Towson WG NYU ZD NEG NYU ZD
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 5 George Mason JT Binghamton CC AFF George Mason JT
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 6 United States Military OR Liberty WS AFF United States Military OR
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov NDO Binghamton WT Vermont ST AFF Binghamton WT
Binghamton WT on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn Quarters Rutgers-Newark CJ Binghamton CS NEG Binghamton CS
Binghamton CS on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV JV Semis Western Connecticut State MM Liberty CW AFF Western Connecticut State MM
Western Connecticut State MM on a 2-1
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 2 Army BS UTDallas LO AFF Army BS
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 4 UCO VY Liberty CE NEG Liberty CE
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 5 Rutgers HS Irvine\SFSU AP NEG Irvine\SFSU AP
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 6 Weber HT Dartmouth CC AFF Weber HT
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rs 2 Harvard KS Kansas City Kansas CC FG NEG Kansas City Kansas CC FG
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 3 Augustana College RT CUNY JS AFF Augustana College RT
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 7 San Francisco State BC Augustana College MC AFF San Francisco State BC
IC Spring Sydney Landon IV 2/8/2014 Open 2 Cornell MK Binghamton CP NEG Binghamton CP
IC Spring Sydney Landon IV 2/8/2014 Open 3 CUNY AC Binghamton SB AFF CUNY AC
IC Spring Sydney Landon IV 2/8/2014 Open 4 Cornell LR Binghamton KS AFF Cornell LR
IC Spring Sydney Landon IV 2/8/2014 Open 6 CUNY DL Cornell HP NEG Cornell HP
2013 Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/15/2013 OPN 2 Dartmouth College CC Western Connecticut State PW AFF Dartmouth College CC
2013 Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/15/2013 OPN 6 Central Oklahoma YV Liberty AB AFF Central Oklahoma YV
2013 Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/15/2013 OPN 7 Wichita State MR Vermont BB NEG Vermont BB
2013 Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/15/2013 OPN DBLS Wayne State LM Liberty CE NEG Liberty CE
Liberty CE on a 4-1
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 JV JV Round 3 BC CF Bing\WVU BG AFF BC CF
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 Novice Novice Round 4 Vandy JeRo BC PS AFF Vandy JeRo
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 Novice Novice Round 6 WVU EL Vandy DH AFF WVU EL
U of Rochester Brad Smith Debate Tournament 9/28/2013 jv Semis JV Cornel LR NewYor EI AFF Cornel LR
Cornel LR on a 2-1
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 JV JV1 Bing BM Bard CK NEG Bard CK
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Open O2 USMA HM Bing CP NEG Bing CP
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N4 Bing GT GMU LW AFF Bing GT
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 JV JV5 JCU DM GMU HL AFF JCU DM
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N6 Bing DM USMA DR NEG USMA DR
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r1 IllSta HO CenOkl BY AFF IllSta HO
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r2 Gonzag CC 120 NEG 120
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r4 118 Western Connect AB AFF 118
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r5 SouCol MN IllSta BS NEG IllSta BS
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 Qtrs Oklaho LM 118 AFF Oklaho LM
Oklaho LM on a 3-0
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 Semis Oklaho LM Towson WH AFF Oklaho LM
Oklaho LM on a 2-1
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J3 Liberty AL WestConn PW NEG WestConn PW
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J5 USMA CH Liberty CW NEG Liberty CW
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J7 Binghamton EK CUNY DJ AFF Binghamton EK
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV JD WestConn AB Liberty CT AFF WestConn AB
WestConn AB on a 2-1
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV JO Liberty EF WestConn AB NEG WestConn AB
WestConn AB on a 3-0
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 JV JV 1 UCO CM KCKCC CL NEG KCKCC CL
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 Novice Novice 3 UCO\JCCC JS UTSA CD NEG UTSA CD
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 JV JV 6 WestVirginia\New OT UCO AB NEG UCO AB
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 OPEN 6 JohCou CP ISU HO NEG ISU HO
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - 1 Louisville GH Navy HR AFF Louisville GH
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/8/2012 - 2 IllState HO WesternConn BR AFF IllState HO
Harvard 10/27/2012 Open 6 Navy HR MiliHT AFF Navy HR
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Round 6 Navy BE Binghamton KR NEG Binghamton KR
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Octos Cornell PY Rutgers RS NEG Rutgers RS
Rutgers RS on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Semis Binghamton CS JamMad KP NEG JamMad KP
JamMad KP on a 3-0
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 1 RutgerKC GMU MW NEG GMU MW
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 2 CornelFX BHamtnCM NEG BHamtnCM
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 3 RutgerBM WVU OP AFF RutgerBM
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 4 CornelDR USMA CH AFF CornelDR
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 6 GMU UB BHamtnAS AFF GMU UB
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 Octos BHamtnFG
on a 0-0
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 Quarters RutgerKC GMU MW NEG GMU MW
RutgerKC on a 2-1