[eDebate] Top 10 Reasons Topicality SUCKS

LACC Forensics forensics
Fri Jun 1 18:07:18 CDT 2007


Adam writes:

10. The word "topicality" does not exist in any English dictionary, and if
it does it's only applies to debates, not real world vocabulary.
9 - 2. Fuck the Topic
1. See number 3

This really is so pathetic it?s almost not worth answering, but just because
I started this...

There are words that exist/are only used in many specific fields of
communication, business, etc.. This is not a reason to reject topicality and
anyone who read this and agreed doesn?t belong in debate. Secondly, this
statement doesn?t even remotely answer my question or respond to my
arguments in favor of debating topicality. Whether the word exists outside
of debate is completely irrelevant. If you are incapable of articulating a
well-reasoned response to the question, why respond at all?

As far as your other response (fuck the topic), 1 ? see above, 2 ? I?ll
respond here to your other post where you argue that debating topicality
prevents us from debating important things like genocide. Why do YOU get to
decide what?s important? This is infinitely regressive. If you refuse to
debate the chosen topic because YOU don?t think it?s as important as the
issue you do want to debate, you open the door to an endless debate about
what issues are more/most important. And this leads to the same problem you
complain about ? you choosing the topic prevents others from debating what
they might want to ? like Topicality.

If you?re going to take the time to weigh-in, write something that actually
adds to the discussion.

Ken
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