[eDebate] repost: Final round video-need ec feedback

Steven D'Amico stevendamico
Sun Apr 5 12:29:46 CDT 2009

Debaters are not NCAA basketball players.

Debate teams are not regularly televised and schools do not get paid for TV
rights by major broadcast networks. Debate memorabilia and advertising
agreements are not revenue sources for universities.  Debaters never signed
any informed consent agreeing that their image can be distributed on public
airwaves and Internets. NCAA players waive these rights with informed legal
paperwork. Their interests are protected by entire college athletic
programs. NCAA players at the top programs even go through media training,
and are prepared for being in the spotlight.

Debaters are much less prepared to be under public scrutiny, especially when
we are often times defending things which we disagree with, or are very
objectionable to the public at large (nuclear war good, cap bad, etc).
Allowing debaters to "opt out" seems like the least we can do given the
unforeseen consequences of exposing oneself to the public.

In sum, NCAA players know what they are getting into. They consent to their
image being used for an advertising apparatus, and have people who help them
prepare for such engagements. There are people who help protect them when
things go wrong. These are structures and policies we don't have in debate
(nor is it feasible).

Steve D'Amico

On Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Zach Round The World <
zachrtw at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Long time lurker, reading lots of posts, but never posting, but this
> makes me so mad I have to post.
> Post the stinking videos! I'm an ex-debater who still likes to follow
> along with what is going on in debate and I'm very confused not to
> mention sad. I read the listserv and was at nationals last year to
> watch, and was there for the big conflict, but this year I wasn't, so
> because I wasn't there personally I don't get to watch the rounds?
> Bullshit!  The idea that a national championship would not be taped
> and displayed for all to see is stupid. The idea that it could be
> recorded and a someone could say ?I don't want to appear in it? and
> you actually listen to them is absurd and makes me very sad. What
> other collegiate competition would be this way? These were public
> performances in a public place where anyone could attend. I know
> everyone is walking on egg shells after the bill blow up last year,
> but no one should have the ability to keep these videos from being
> posted. This is really egregious considering that many of the
> attendants are from publicly funded institutions. Courts have up he
> idea that video taping in public is protected under the first
> amendment. CEDA you are really being reactionary and short sited. This
> is PUBLIC SPEAKING folks. If you don't want to be taped DON'T compete.
> Your reasonable expectation of privacy went right out the door when
> you joined. Let's me be clear, anyone can be recorded in a public
> place, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. I can follow
> you around all the time and record every second of your life outside
> of your house and post it to Youtube, and you have zero recourse to
> stop me. You don't own your imagine. That one or two people could say
> ?I don't want to be on the net? and let them have the final say is
> stupid. This is 2009 people, everything is being recorded, and there
> is nothing you can do to stop it. Can you imagine a basketball team in
> the NCAA refusing to be televised? Anyways that's my 2 cents. I'll go
> back to lurking in the shadows, and hopefully never see anything else
> that makes me want to post.
> Zach Ferris
> Wichita State Debate 1994-1996
> On Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 7:57 AM, Andy Ellis <andy.edebate at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: Andy Ellis <andy.edebate at gmail.com>
> > Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM
> > Subject: Final round video
> > To: "CEDA-L at ndtceda.com" <CEDA-L at ndtceda.com>
> >
> >
> > hello ceda....this may be a question specifically for the ec, but it has
> > some aspects that i think are relevant to everybody.
> >
> > We went to ceda with two cameras and had every intention of following the
> > video taping policy, I at least learned an important lesson last year. As
> we
> > where setting up our cameras to tape the final round(for our own private
> > educational use, large portions of the towson team where not there and
> hey
> > who doesnt wnt a video of a team they work with in the final round of
> > nationals)ceda ec members approached us and asked if we could shooot the
> > offical tape because the arrnagements as i remember for them to tape it
> had
> > fallen through. This went to the extent of agreeing that if we could
> stream
> > it we should as gordon announced before the round started....paraphrasing
> > now i said "uh you sure you wnt adam and i to tape and post a video from
> > ceda, that seems to be exactly what the policy prempts(i was less funny
> then
> > but still made the point)...yes...was the answer i got...so i toook the
> > tapes and have been working on converting them as an act of community
> > service....that brings us to now...at least two people have asked that
> they
> > not be included in any video, and have reminded me about the policy that
> the
> > round opperated under....im sorta stuck ive been willing to do the work
> that
> > i have done so far in converting and editing the video but i dont want to
> > post it if people are opting out...even with ec sanction...nor do i want
> to
> > be responsible in that scenario for developing the "private educational
> > purposes" system that will allow the people we want to see it to see it
> but
> > not everybody else...? how to go fwd? thanks
> >
> >
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