[eDebate] The Death and Evolution of Policy debate
Sun Jul 6 04:59:21 CDT 2003
First, what is TOC (?) debate? I?ve been out of the loop for a
bit. Second, in response to all of those foolios who believe policy debate
should die, I thought newer arguments as for the reason why policy debate
should die would evolve with the activity. I debated for Lake City high
school in Idaho and Pasadena City College, California, and Cal. State. L.A.
for a total of six years, and I feel quite nostalgic about the activity that
is continually evolving without me. While many teams refuse to debate the
resolution and devise innovative ways to address the philosophical
assumptions of the resolution, a.k.a. critiques, or when a neg. uses
multiple counter-plans, they are simply pushing the limits of how policy is
examined. They are redefining and expanding how we critically think. How
can it get any more real-world? Those who criticize speed reading are not
accounting for the asset that it can be in the ?real-world?. While it isn?t
kosher to give presentations in business or classroom settings at lighting
speed, the speed in which these policy-debaters are learning to think and
respond is priceless. It can be psudo-intellectualism when the debater is
bombastic or pompous, and those debaters are the ones who ignore judging
paradigms and who give policy debate a bad-name in the first place. It
shouldn?t be frowned upon if a team runs a squirrel case or debates in a way
no one has ever done-- it pushes limits and keeps things fresh. Moreover,
it?s a game. A perfect example being Kentucky?s Malthus Whale D/A Debate.
And if debaters are cleaver enough to cite whalers and their kin, to not be
afraid to advocate an unthinkable position, then they should be
congratulated. It should not be something that?s feared. If only
politicians asked themselves the questions the most cunning debaters ask. I
hope that policy debate does not die.
My final line of business is to say, I?m currently working on my MFA in
creative writing at University of Idaho, and I?m reminiscing on past debate
experience while I write political essays that surround debate.
Additionally, I?m in the process of starting an online journal and would
encourage all of you debaters/coaches/students to check it out and submit an
article or two. It is a way for you to take the arguments you love so
dearly and spread the word in a different form of persuasion.
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