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"discourse shapes reality"

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It means that the words we use affect the world we live in instead of just describing it. In the debate sense, it means that we need to be aware of how the words we use to debate, or the way that we represent certain ideas, affect the real world and that if they are harmful, then the team using the offensive words/representations ought to be voted down.

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Right. It's the idea that certain representations we make through our speeches transcend the boundaries of the imaginary world of fiat and have actual real-world impacts that should be looked at first.

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thanks you guys. can you give me an example of a representation in a debate round?

When evidence is talking about one nation attacking another because they are a "threat" - and the argument would be that the way they represent and describe nations as being threatening creates a self fulfilling prophecy.

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