Sam Gustavson ParadigmLast changed 1/29 7:03P UTC
C.E. Byrd HS class of 2014
Debated at Baylor Univeristy 2014-2016, University of Iowa 2017-2019
Currently coaching Glenbrook South (2019)
Have coached: Caddo Magnet HS, Hendrickson HS, Little Rock Central, University of Chicago Lab
email chain - yes - email@example.com
Random 2019 updates:
Taking two lines from Khalid Shareef's paradigm that I profoundly agree with:
"1.Clarity of thought is paramount. I often find myself voting for teams that can make complex arguments sound like common sense.
2. Good evidence is secondary to what a debater does with it. I really appreciate evidence interrogation in speeches and cross-examination. I don't like reading cards after the debate, please put the important spin and quotations of the card "on the flow."
I don't like reading a lot of evidence after rounds. If there is a dispute about what a piece of evidence says, sure I will read it. But I will not spend a lot of time reading through the docs and reconstructing the debate for you. There is a high chance I don't even open the email chain. I think that the debating should be done by the debaters on the flow and I should not need to read evidence to put together what you said. You should be unpacking that for me and using it to make arguments in the debate.
This is my first year not debating. I care even less about what you read in front of me than I did 5 years ago.
K on K debates when done well are the best debates to watch. When done poorly, easily the worst debates to have to watch. Take that however you will.
Being creative with topical versions of the aff and read-it-On-the-neg arguments on framework will get you a lot further in the debate than saying “you could read your K and defend a plan text”. That requires actually applying these things to the aff.
When answering framework, having a clear counter interpretation will help me filter your offense and defense. Not saying you have to redefine words in the resolution, but having an argument about what debate should look like is important.
No, you will not insert that re-highlighting into the debate. You will read it.
2018 Update (Immigration): Saying an argument is conceded is not the same thing as extending a full argument. Additionally, asserting that arguments have been conceded when that is not the case is not persuasive. It shows that you either aren’t flowing or that you’re just missing arguments that your opponent is making.
Go slower when reading really long counter-plan texts if you want me to get it
I know most of the people who read these aren't looking to learn every thought I have about debate, most of you are reading this quickly before a debate or while doing prefs, so I'll keep this short.
Thesis: Say whatever you want in front of me. I think debate should be about the debaters. Don't debate differently in front of me, just do what you're best at. Of course I have biases that influence the way I evaluate debates, everyone does. But when judging, I will attempt to be objective and evaluate the round based on the arguments presented by both sides. Read a politics DA, an aff without a plan, topicality/framework, a large structural criticism, I don't care. If you debate it well, I will evaluate it as such. If you debate it poorly, I will evaluate it as such.
That said, here are some things I think:
Theory: I think most theoretical objections, with the exception of condo, are a reason to reject the argument not the team. I can be inclined to think differently if you can prove why the mere introduction of an argument into a debate is a reason the other team should lose. That will probably require substantial investment in the argument throughout the debate, and not just a blippy extension.
Clipping: If sufficient proof is presented to me that someone is intentionally clipping in a debate I will promptly vote against the offender and the lowest points the tournament permits.
Speed: it's good unless argued otherwise. Be clear. I would like to hear the warrants in your evidence as they're presented. I'm not saying I need to be able to repeat you word for word, but if all I hear is a tag and cite and can't decipher the internals of a piece of evidence, I'll say clear. I will say clear up to three times to any given debater. If the problem persists I will just simply not be able to understand your arguments, and you will probably lose and not have very good speaker points. This activity is based on persuasion, and it's hard for me to be persuaded if I can't figure out what you're saying.