[eDebate] MSU Wiki Project + JMU Backfile Project
William J Repko
Tue Apr 24 21:12:07 CDT 2007
Like a physics conference or football huddle, policy debate can sometimes be
specialized and alienating (especially for high school students and new
coaches). Lots of terminology, verbal shorthand, etc.
MSU Debate is putting togther a Wiki desgined to assist someone that is
confused by weird Kritik phrase or some bit of advanced cplan theory. The
hope is that wiki entries will provide:
a) a concise definition of the item (i.e. "conditionality" or "Rights
b) a more in-depth explanation of BOTH SIDES of the debate argument.
c) direction for where to find some basic cards on the subject (when
The website will be up and running by June 10th, and the basic template can
already be found at:
The June deadline is set so that ALL STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS at a summer
camp could have this reference material at their disposal should they wish
to draw upon it.
a) The kid who can't attend debate camp -- but can still learn a little
something about Agamben or write a conditionality block.
b) The kid who is at debate camp -- but doesn't want to wait until lab to
figure out what Bunker Busters are.
c) The new coach that is a little overwhelmed by...all of it.
d) The lab leader that is inundated by questions about the rhizome, homo
sacer, and counter-perms.
e) That lecture you have to give tomorrow and how handy it might be to run
through a debate-glossary to make sure you didn;t forget about "textual
comp" as part of the cplan discussion.
In order to pull-off this deadline, I am requesting help from the community
in one of two ways -- either:
1. Look through the attachment and send me any phrases that you think may
have been left out (specifically those items that students might find
2. Volunteer to do *just a few* of the words in the attachment. Already,
several schools have told me that they are going to make part of their
summer assignments a request to have their debaters do 3-5 entries.
In a strange way, I kind of think this could become part of our community's
history. I think it would be interesting for students in 2010 to read about
Tristan's "metaphorical condensation" entry, or the Nietzsche entry from the
Oklahoma guys. Your entry today can teach people the basic tenets of an
argument for years to come.
The last thing I would like to mention is Andrew Barnes. In bouncing this
idea around, Andrew and I thought it would be fantastic if this could become
an extension of JMU's Backfile Project.
Imagine the boost to a new high school program (or college program) if the
"spanos" entry did more than simply explain the argument -- but went a step
further and included a link to *just a few* cards on both sides of the
issue. It would be a huge resource for block writing, comprehesion, etc.
I will (certainly) accept entries without cards -- basically we'll take what
we can get. But, the more materials the better.
Anyway -- take a glance through these terms, and if you or your program is
interested in participating please drop me a line. Some people have gone so
far as to "call dibbs" to a few entries. I'd love to receive those
backchannels as well.
For the record, "Ashtar" is already taken... there are some entries Aaron
Hardy cannot bear to delegate.
I can be reached at repkowil at msu.edu
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