[eDebate] Geez - We have no method......
debate at ou.edu
Wed May 3 18:12:24 CDT 2006
I guess some people are telling me that it is okay to not reveal the method in which you create topics.
I invested much time (with Josh) discussing this issue last year, and the closest topic we got was topic #8.
There was a small movement for #8 and then this Post FROM A TOPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER
I'd like to associate myself with all of Bill Newnam's remarks and
apprehension concerning Resolution 8. I too have very grave
reservations about its suitability for a season-long college topic.
As Bill points out, its selection seems more likely to produce either
(a) affirmatives with only a tangential or no relationship to the topic
paper, or (b) ideas of very dubious debatability (derecognition or
recognition of Taiwan). Those ideas may be worthy of including in a
broader resolution, but the notion that the affirmative would be boxed
in to take one of those approaches every round, all year, seems unduly
It was added to the topic ballot at the last minute, based on
approximately 15 minutes of deliberation (if that much), and with
virtually no consideration of an affirmative case list. It was
included, as best as I can tell, from a desire to have a simple
I urge strongly that you rank resolution #8 as low as possible, or not
I do not understand the desire to not reveal to everyone in the community your position on critical resolutional
framing issues, especially when we have things like the above occur.
At least describe your model, even if it involes adding topics to the ballot at the last minute based on
Obviously I will make no friends in Kansas City or with this post. But this issue is important to me, and I
promised and held to that promise I would not criticize your method, I just wanted to know what it is.
Please, for the sake of the community, lets end the shadines, the "new rules", and the hidden methods of
organizational workings and create a debatable topic that makes people want to debate.
I will still not criticize your method, and don't let JP's antics water down my message. I hope those who have
not responded are thinking about it, because the meeting will happen, and soon.
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