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About breaktyme

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  1. Thanks. Anyone know how it's being used in cases this year?
  2. What exactly is this?
  3. Thanks, you've all been most helpful!
  4. Can someone explain to me what exactly a framework argument is?
  5. Thanks again for all the help so far with Kritiks. New question: I've read somewhere that a Kritik is a "pre-fiat implication." Could someone explain that to me? I've also read that a Kritik as an "a priori issue." Do these two things mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference?
  6. Sorry...but critiques (or is it Kritiks?) are kind of confusing... The Debate Bible page talked about using fiat in your understanding. I think I have an okay understanding of fiat. How exactly though do these two bits of debate fit together? Also it talked about "particular" critiques. How many are there? This part seemed to be very gibberish to be because I don't really get what he meant by deontology, deconstruction, Foucoult, statism, normativism, etc... Also, it seems like a lot of these examples really would not occur in debate rounds. After looking around the Kritik forum here, all of the threads are talking about kritiks that don't seem to be very linked with the examples in this literature. How does everyone here defeat kritiks? What, in your experience, is the best way? Does anyone know of any drills or practices that I can do to get better at this? Sometimes reading pages and pages of information, you can say in your head "yeah, I get that" but when it comes time to put in into use, you can't really figure out what to do. Thanks so much! -Steven
  7. Okay, I think I understand how/why/when a team might critique the other's language, but I'm not quite clear about the assumptions part. Can anyone clarify? Also, the UDL page indicated that a critique implication will do one of the following: gut harms, gut solvency, or cause an impact much like a disadvantage. I guess then I wonder why someone would even bother running a critique. Why not just run a harms argument or solvency argument or DA/solvency turn? Also, if a critique is an "a priori" issue, what exactly does that mean? Am I correct in assuming that whoever wins the critique would then win the debate round? What if a team won the critique in a judge's eyes but lost on the more policy-related issues? The UDL page also said something about critiques being used by negative teams because of the phrasing of the resolution. How is that fair? Isn't the affirmative forced to debate the resolution? If they don't have a choice what is the point of debating a critique like that? Sorry for all these questions, but I appreciate all the help so far! I guess the biggest thing that I really would like to understand more is about how to defeat critiques. Thanks!
  8. I am sure that there are plenty of threads similar to this, but honestly, I don't really know how to use the website yet (just registered) so I thought I'd ask for some help. I am going to be a freshman next year and really want to get involved in debate at my high school. Our high school recently came over and did some presentations about policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate (personally, I like policy better). They talked about a lot of debate and before classes ended, they held a weeklong workshop after school to teach the basics of debate. I felt like I am starting to understand most of it. I feel like I am okay (for where I am right now) at the basics of the first affirmative constructive, the stock issues, and some of the off-case positions. I started researching policy debate on the internet and kept coming across kritiks (but some websites called them critiques). When I asked one of the high school debaters about it, he said that they don't do those in our area. However, I kept reading about them and they sound sort of interesting. The only problem is that neither the high school debate coach, nor the debaters on the team, know anything about it and can't really help get any more understanding. I heard about this website and from the looks of this forum (Help Me!) I thought this might be the right place to ask help. Basically I don't know anything about kritiks. Everything I have read seems like a bunch of gibberish to me and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm trying to get a bunch of work done on the topic for next year (someone on the high school team said it had to do with Africa?) so that I can impress my new coach and that she will let me go to tournaments (because they said that sometimes new debaters cannot compete as often because of a money issue) and hopefully compete for a spot on the actual debate team. Can anyone help me with understanding kritiks or at least perhaps point me in a better direction? I'm sure there are other things I should learn as well, but I am just really struggling with kritiks right now. Thanks so much! -Steven
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