sean mckean Paradigm

Last changed 8 October 2020 1:34 AM PST

2020 Update: I am no longer actively involved in the activity, other than judging a few tournaments a year, so my threshold for speed is going to be lower than it has in the past as a result of being rusty at flowing. If you are particularly fast, I would recommend starting at about 75% speed.

Experience: 4 years policy debate at Tualatin High School, 4 years NPDA/NPTE experience at the University of Oregon. 3 years high school coaching experience at Thurston High School.

Quick in prep version: In general I am down with just about anything, however I would much rather hear a good disad than some only tag lines and a bad alternative kritik. Theory was my jam when I was debating, so if you want to read it go ahead, however, I’m not going to vote for you just because you read it, while my threshold is probably lower than most judges I like to pretend I’m not a hack wink.

Longer (probably unnecessary) version

General Overveiw:

My ideal debate is a strategic topical aff v some CPs and a DA or a topic K. That being said, I tend to be down with anything you want to read in front of me, I believe that it is my job to adapt to you and the arguments you want to read not your job to adapt to me. I am not going to tell you what to or not to read in front of me or reject your arguments on face. I tend to prefer more technical debates where you explain to me how all of the relevant arguments interact at the end of the round over just extending them and making me try to figure it out myself at the end. I want to be able to write my RFD at the end of the round by sticking as much as possible to the flow without having to insert my own analysis, this means I want you to write my RFD for me, tell me why I should vote a particular way at the end of the round.

Impact framing is a lost art, it’s not helpful to just inform me that both teams do, in fact, have impacts. I want to hear how I should evaluate those impacts against each other, ie. Do I care more about fairness or education on the theory flow, is timeframe or magnitude more important, can I even evaluate arguments rooted in some kind of epistemology?

More specific stuff:

Theory/ T cool: I read a lot of theory when I was debating so I am pretty much able to follow what is going on in complex theory debates, although I would prefer that you slow down a bit when spreading theory since it is more condensed and harder to flow. I evaluate theory just like any other argument, which means I am probably more likley to vote on it than most judges if you go for it correctly. In order to win theory in front of me you are going to need to impact it out and explain what it means for the round. (IE just because they dropped your Consult CP's are illegit argument doesn't mean you insta-win if you don't give me some reason why that theory argument results in a ballot, not just me dropping the CP). I find myself voting a lot this year on teams forgetting to read a counter interp. If I am judging in a competing interps paradigm, which is usually how these things shake out, and there is not either an interp or a counter-interp that you meet I will vote against you regardless of the rest of the flow, as there is not an interp for me to stick your offense to. I think that this is a pretty common way of evaluating theory but I feel it is worth flagging explicitly in my philosophy given that I find myself voting on this a lot.

Framework money-mouth: Framework was my go-to when debating the K aff. That doesn’t mean that you necessarily shouldn’t or can’t read a K aff in front of me, just be aware than I’m not going to be one of those judges that just ignores the argument for some vague political reason.

K affs cry: I would prefer that if you are going to read an aff that isn’t topical that you have some good justification for doing so, I am not really interested in your “I read a cool book and here is my book report” project.

Ks undecided: I am down with the K, however there are some recent trends in the kritik that I feel need some addressing here. First, Marx was my bread and butter and I am fairly deep in that literature, but outside of that and maybe Heidegger you should not assume that I am incredibly well read in your lit base. That doesn’t mean that you can’t read your K in front of me, it just means that you are going to need to do some more explaining. Second, there has been a tendency of K’s becoming just a list of tag lines, that then get extended as arguments later in the debate. If your K sounds like this I am probably going to give the other team a lot more leeway in reading new arguments when your K finally becomes something in the block.

CP/ DA laughing: Ayyyyyyyyy

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
2020 Golden Gate Invitational C 2020-10-31 Open Quarte Rice LA PDAB KL Gov Gov 3-0
2020 Golden Gate Invitational C 2020-10-31 Open Octas Rice CS PDAB AW Gov Gov 3-0
2020 Golden Gate Invitational C 2020-10-31 Open R3 McKend DG PDAB AW Opp
2020 Golden Gate Invitational C 2020-10-31 Open R2 CalSan WE ConUni AP Gov
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 OCX Final AA 106 AE 129 Aff Aff 5-0
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 JPAR R4 AE 156 AE 151 Neg
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 OCX R3 AE 129 AA 115 Aff
Robert D Clark at the University of Oregon HS 2020-02-15 OLD R2 BS 117 AY 131 Aff
Oak Hill Policy and Congress within Willamette Valley Classic HS 2019-11-23 VCX R6 OES TC Clackamas SB Neg Neg 3-0
Oak Hill Policy and Congress within Willamette Valley Classic HS 2019-11-23 VCX R5 S. Eugene H. S KC Oak Hill AC Aff
Oak Hill Policy and Congress within Willamette Valley Classic HS 2019-11-23 VCX R4 Ashland RS Oak Hill CH Neg
Oak Hill Policy and Congress within Willamette Valley Classic HS 2019-11-23 VCX R2 Lakeridge OD OES SZ Neg
Oak Hill Policy and Congress within Willamette Valley Classic HS 2019-11-23 VCX R1 Lincoln TW Clackamas SB Neg
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open Elim 4 Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley KT Rice TB Gov Gov 3-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open Elim 3 Western Washington CJ Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley KT Opp Opp 3-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open Elim 2 Texas Tech DG Rice TB Gov Gov 3-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open R7 Western Washington CJ Rice CS Gov Gov 3-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open R5 Rice CS Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley KT Opp Opp 2-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open R4 Concordia University Irvine CL Texas Tech GT Opp Opp 2-0
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open R3 Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley RR Concordia University Irvine VS Opp
National Round Robin C 2019-03-02 Open R2 Washburn UB Rice TB Opp Opp 2-0
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 jparl JR6 Western Washington SF Northwest College Wyoming FG Opp
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 oparl OR5 Minnesota FD Utah WP Opp
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 nparl R4 Northwest College Wyoming GK Western Washington SG Opp
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 oparl Or3 Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley MM Utah JO Gov
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 oparl Or2 Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley DR Texas Tech GT Opp
Steve Hunt Classic C 2018-10-13 oparl OR1 Lewis and Clark BS Minnesota PG Opp
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli Final Los Altos Zeng & Lee Campolindo Deng & Visht Neg Neg 6-1
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli Quar Bentley Booth & Pracar Los Altos Zeng & Lee Neg Neg 2-1
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli Octo Los Altos Bhattacharya & Pombra Bentley Booth & Pracar Neg Neg 2-1
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R7 Irvington Kulkarni & Lee Menlo-Atherton/Nueva Nori & Bodnick Neg
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R6 South Torrance Shibata & Tirumala Irvington Ganguli & Sanghvi Neg
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R5 Dougherty Valley Khan & Sawhney Los Altos Bhattacharya & Pombra Neg Neg 2-0
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R4 Dalton/Horace Mann Rapaport & Loewenson Nueva Sharma & Keller Neg Neg 2-0
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R3 Irvington Mishra & Kumar Nueva Cheng & Shahar Aff
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R2 Bishop O'Dowd Hester & O'Rafferty Lake Oswego Senior Graville & Li Aff Aff 2-0
NPDL Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-07 Parli R1 Southridge Hollenbeck & Miller Campolindo Deng & Visht Neg Neg 2-0