[eDebate] Navy ruminations
gordonm+ at pitt.edu
Sat Jan 29 06:03:48 CST 2005
It's great to be back at great debate tournament after a semester hiatus, especially being able to ruminate in pointed discussion with the likes of District VII fellow travelers such as Andrew Barnes, Ace Garen, Cameron Hatzel-Treat, Ed Panetta, Dan Overbey, Naveen Ramachandrappa and Naveen Williams. Some thoughts after the first day:
* Remember the 2001 Wake Forest Dixie Classic? The time slot for competitive rounds 7-8 were converted into a public debate forum that featured 15-20 non-competitive public debates on terrorism. The general public and media were invited. Very intriguing format innovation. Has anything similar happened recently? What about bringing this back to District VII, with a time slot on Saturday afternoon created for a similar type of exercise?
* Utterance vs. text. Discursive kritiks often tend to be pitched at the level of single utterance, e.g. "he-man"; "Indian country," etc. What happens when a different referent, i.e. TEXT is utilized as the central focus of critique? How well do the tools and approaches of rhetorical criticism map onto critical practice in academic debate?
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Gordon R. Mitchell
Associate Professor of Communication
Director of Debate
University of Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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