Dhruv Sehgal Paradigm
Yes, I want to be in the e-mail chain:
I was a grad assistant/coach at UT Austin.
I debated 4 years in college and went to the NDT 3x.
I judged, coached and performed mostly critical arguments extensively throughout my time in debate.
I have an English degree, but a majority of my academic background is in Eastern and Continental philosophy.
I view debate as a testing ground for competing ideas and views of the world.
Regardless, there is zero excuse to berate or insult other people in debate. It doesn't make you cool or funny (to me, anyway), it just makes you unbearable to be around and I will dock your speaker points. I don't care how great you think you are.
Besides that I enjoy debates which focus on:
- EFFICIENCY/EFFECTIVENESS: being efficient and effective highlights to me a degree of professionalism and confidence in debate that I think is admirable. It makes the debate go smoother, and it moves towards clarity and elucidation versus confusion and deception, which I tend not to be a big fan of. Be clear about your arguments from the outset, and we will all have a much a better time in the debate
- IMPACTS (re: STAKES) THAT MATTER: prioritize what is the most important aspect of the round and be willing to sacrifice your life on it. when you raise the stakes of the debate not only does it tend to make you a better advocate for what you are talking about, it helps me as a judge figure out which impacts matter and which don't. doing impact framing/calc matters, especially in close debates.
- (AN ACTUAL?!) CASE DEBATE: this is more if you are neg in front of me. i tend to be more in favor of having specific and thorough case debates, as opposed to generic link stories that you could have read against any aff on the topic. moving towards specificity as opposed to generality is a major 🔑 for me if you are interested in being an effective/great/constantly winning 2N.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw