[eDebate] Worker rule IS a market solution

Martin Harris mharris02
Thu Apr 20 17:22:35 CDT 2006

   I don't think the rule is a very good idea.  I think it is but
another in a LONG line of recent decisions that try to drive a wedge
between teams as the exist on a weekly basis and their alumni.  I think
the mandatory observer fee, and mandatory judging, and the worker rule
all act to make the NDT a tournament that gives a big middle finger to
anyone that can only come to bond with former schools once a year.  It
makes the cost of attending for hangers on cost prohibitive by denying
the incentives that one timers can use to defer costs back onto a
program to show up for that once a year throw down at the end of a

   That being said, the NDT isn't a government.  There is no mandatory
participation, and none of the rules are "laws" or "taxes."  The NDT
creates a product in the form of a tournament and markets it to the
community.  The rule is merely a definition of the service of the
tournament product and your requirements of compensation.  If you don't
like the NDT product, if you think it doesn't live up to your programs
needs, you can certainly criticize its decisions, but you can also
refuse to go.  I have no doubt that I will be written off as a Jack
Stroube, but I think it would be fitting desserts if one of these years
people said enough is enough and merely attended CEDA Nationals instead
of the NDT.  The NDT is only a more prestigious tournament because the
community values it as such.  If it is a bully in the market, stop
buying it.  It hasn't engaged in any anti-competitive practices vis a
vis other organizations.  Unlike monopolies, it has no one over the
barrel.  If KU, MoState, UNT, Michigan, Emory or any other school (or
ALL complaining schools) stopped going to the tournament it would lose
its force of appeal and have to change or stop being the prestigious




"You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's
really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do
it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take
either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three
people walking in singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out.
They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty
people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singing a bar of
Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it's a

And that's what it is, the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement,
and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it comes around.


Martin Harris
Computer and Graphics Support Specialist 
Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University 
Office Phone: (417) 873-7497


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