As the number of teams reading “nontraditional” affs continues to rise, more and more debaters from traditional backgrounds are struggling to adjust to the new demands these rounds present. Many students respond by using framework arguments to attempt to shift the conversation back to subjects with which they feel comfortable. However, this is often not a great strategy. Today, I’ll tell you why. [..]
It’s the most ubiquitous strategic dilemma in debate: how do I decide which arguments to carry into my last speeches, and which to abandon or kick out of? This choice is one of the most influential in determining whether you win or lose, but in the heat of the moment it can be extremely difficult to make up your mind. Today’s post will walk you through some considerations to make sure your late rebuttals contain everything you need, and nothing you don’t. [..]
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Anyone who has ever participated in a sport understands the meaning of the term “fundamentals.” Fundamentals refers to the most basic skills underlying an activity. Debate is no different! Just as basketball players must pay attention to their footwork and golfers must watch their posture and grip, debaters too can benefit from paying close attention to a few basic building blocks of argumentation. Today, we’ll be going over the fundamentals of debate and discussing how you can ensure you’re beginning every round from a solid foundation.
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It’s time for another Free Card Friday! This week we have impact cards about the NSA. This evidence will help you establish important, concrete reasons why NSA surveillance is either good or bad.
Since each of these cards deals with global concerns, you might encounter an opponent who says they aren’t relevant to domestic surveillance. However, this is false. All of them are descriptive of NSA activities as a whole. The con evidence is based on the idea that foreign investors and regulators are nervous about doing business with American tech companies because of NSA’s access to data from these companies. The pro evidence argues that, in order to catch terrorists, we must allow NSA to cast as wide of a net as possible. As you can see, both of these concerns have to deal with domestic surveillance.