[eDebate] The sky is not falling

Jason Russell jasonlrussell1
Fri Aug 15 02:13:51 CDT 2008

The quarters at CEDA and the subsequent fallout have been regrettable, but
they hardly indict the entire activity of debate and anyone that allows
their administration to believe so should reconsider why they do their job.
The value of debate is the same today as it was before someone showed their
ass in a debate. Attacking debate by association is as silly as saying you
shouldnt leave your house because of the myriad of causes of death outside
your door. Administrators will have questions; your answers require no
additional elaboration beyond "these regrettable actions were clearly taken
by an impassioned individual and are an aberration, far from the norm, in

The suggestion that this is the result of a particular style, a particular
area of content, or an indication of the overall trend in debate is
nonsensical. Get ahold of yourselves, people. People that ran the politics
disad sexually harassed people. Coaches of teams who are always topical
are occassionally aggressive and sometimes violent. Dispassionate conveyors
of objective information sometimes use naughty words to describe their
opponents. And, overall, debate is much more amicable, friendly, and
communal today than it was a decade ago when cheating was rampant,
coach/tabroom collusion was well-known, and debate was much more white, much
more male, and much more rich than it is today. Mason, your kids should be
in debate. It's still the only place in the academy until you pursue a
terminal degree that you are truly pushed to be excellent.

Folks, quit the navel-gazing and delusions of self-importance and get back
to work.

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