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Author Topic: Cal Debate - Wake Approach  (Read 1233 times)
mimi.sl
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« on: October 31, 2013, 11:51:29 PM »

After the discussion of diversity, point inflation, and judging that occurred surrounding Harvard, Cal Debate has had many of our own discussions.

Ultimately, we would like to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Practicing what we preach in terms of resisting dogma is an important part of this. Based on these aims, there are some changes we are going to make for the Wake tournament.

1. No preferences or strikes - in order to experience a wider/more diverse range of judges, no team from Cal is going to submit preferences or strikes. We hope this will expose us to new points of view and will help us learn to adjust argumentation for a variety of critics.

2. No framework on the neg - against affs that don't affirm the topic, no Cal team will make a procedural framework argument. Through this experiment we hope to increase our engagement with and understanding of non-policy affirmatives and perspectives, develop new lines of argumentation, and take the opportunity to reevaluate our perspectives surrounding the value of reading a non-resolutional affirmative.

We hope our experience will introduce us to judges we will pref in the future and will show us that certain arguments are better (or worse) than we had given them credit for. Obviously, this will not change debate overnight. We are not committed to a particular outcome from this experience or know where this will take us. We believe that these are steps in the right direction.

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Cal Debate
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