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how would a debate play out if the 1ac stands up and says nothing? 

 

this happened last year during semis at a tournament in Chicago; the aff said nothing for their 1ac, the neg replied by saying nothing in their 1nc, the aff then read cards in their 2ac saying "silence good," and neg still stayed silent; the 1ar read more silence good cards and the rest of the speeches were silent. the neg won because they were more silent. 

 

in the situation above, would the best method of action for the aff be to turn their case and say silence bad? is that even possible? how would you be able to win aff on this strategy? 

 

my partner and i are considering this at a scrimmage, but we don't know how we would possibly win with this strategy or what to do if the same situation played out. if we stay silent for the entire debate the judge would vote neg on presumption, right? are there any cards/case files somebody could link me to? we are very interested in this. 

 

thanks!

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I feel like the neg staying silent just means the neg agrees with the aff since there was no pic or anything like that. So, i think the aff should have won this debate imo

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What was cross-ex like?

it was silence, i assume the neg might have asked questions and then figured out they have to shut up after the aff doesn't respond, but after 8 mins of aff speech the neg's silence still outweighed

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