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    Mason Mitchell
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  1. Virumstein

    Debate Discord

    People have tried, the owner won't sell
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    kritik

    As a k debater, we definitely talk about the aff, just from a different stance or viewpoint. Good k debate involves link contextualization, engaging with the aff's framing, and knowing your literature base like no other. If anyone would like an example of this, I could do a basic cap round on here.
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    best k aff for next year

    Also, try doing independent research on the topic and how different literature bases interact with it. For example there's plenty of deleuzean literature on the topic, but I'm not interested much in that because I'm more interested in the treatment and conditions of queer migrants. One of my friends however, they love that Deleuze stuff anyway they can get it. The best k aff on the topic doesn't exist, but the "best" k aff on the topic for you will be the one that has a literature base you find engaging, good solvency advocates, and answers to cap and FW/T-USFG. Find something you'd be comfortable going for at least 1/3 of your rounds, if you aren't satisfied, or that doesn't sound engaging, then it's not the right aff for you.
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    best k aff for next year

    Honestly with open borders affs, I think you should always read a plan text, it's a topical aff at heart. Otherwise you just lose to the TVA
  5. Virumstein

    Debate Discord

    I definitely agree, but as of now we need to start thinking of what we can do to maximize what we've got. I think resources like the reddit are good, but i'll personally always use the discord more. We just had an amazing afropess lecture by Pia Sen from UT yesterday, it's recorded if anyone wants a link later.
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    Debate Discord

    As of now there's another reason to prefer the discord, I recently started an initiative to get college debaters and coaches to join and provide advice and judge rounds. I can personally attest that some pretty cool people (and successful coaches and debaters on the college level) are actively joining as of now. It's a format that will eventually allow for lectures and maybe even demo debates from some of the best minds in the country.
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    Debate Discord

    I disagree to some extent, I think the live nature of the discord creates more active discussion over key questions. I also acknowledge that things can move fast, but we also tend to tell people to DM us if they need more in depth help. We also can build up more permanent storing of things through things like the google drive k lit library we have in pins chat. It's also easier to get help finding literature there than the reddit. We have had plenty of non-memey discussions, and I think that quite honestly there's not much competition for attention, we strive to help everyone. Also if you're on the discord Ephemerality is my user
  8. Virumstein

    Debate Discord

    If this isn't okay here I can transfer it somewhere else, just let me know where to put it.
  9. Hey everyone! In light of recent problems with cross-x, I think it's time we look at some alternatives. I think that there are a lot of valuable resources here, and we need to find a way to preserve that. With that in mind, I think that shifting sites would be good. I don't know how well this is known but there is a debate discord server, currently standing at 1500+ members. There we have multiple people (myself included) frequently judging debates and giving advice, including some college debaters and coaches. There are a few key benefits to switching, some of them related to Vdebates, which is why I put this here. 1) Site stability- The discord server is not only stable, but it's growing, which I think is important to consider. There are no upload issues, or worries of it going down anytime soon. 2) User friendlyness/activity- The structure of Discord makes the server much much easier to use. You can easily set up group chats and discussions, and it has a much cleaner interface that is better able to accommodate new users. Due to this, there's a large degree of activity, for the ODT a lot of the participants are active on the server. 3) Vdebate 2.0- The discord server has voice servers, which allows actual rounds, real spreading, and real debates. We often even have enough judges to have panels, and are able to give extended oral RFD's and advice. This would allow for Vdebate to take off on a whole new level, instead of just typing, we could move to real rounds that are better practice for real tournaments. 4) Resources- The server often finds books and literature we have hard times finding, including stuff not always found on scihub or libgen. All in all, I don't run the server, but I've found a welcoming home there, and I've been able to debate and judge there for quite some time. I think that beginning to shift there would allow for better vdebates, and ultimately, the resources and activity there make it a better resource than cross x. We could also begin transferring some of the old explanations there, and beginning to file them. The invite link is: debate.carro.cat It redirects to the discord invite, feel free to join. I hope to see you all there. Feel free to message me on here if you have any questions or concerns.
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    How do you answer debaters who use no evidence?

    This will depend largely on the type of team, if you're referring to k teams, I definitely wouldn't follow all of the above advice, specifically: "C. Say that non-Evidence based Debates just lead to a debate of morality and feelings. Not truly evidence, degrades the level of debate that you have." -Preeves22 Doing that is probably a link into a hell of a lot of offense you don't need to get yourself into- you don't need to link into respectability politics, elitism, or other fun k arguments by degrading their form of debate. Instead- treat it like you would any other argument, k or otherwise- even if there's no evidence, there should be warrants. Respond to those warrants (or the lack of) with arguments of your own (you don't always need evidence!) and do what you usually do- an argument is an argument. I'm with Beau Larsen from USC on this- k debate is evolving and with it we're starting to realize we have things to say too, no evidence needed. With that, we need to think of how to respond and engage with different strategies in a more critical way (not even talking the k here). Any k or k aff has a method- contest it: "What does X do for the people you're talking about?" Think of how their argumentative method actually engages with the forms of violence they criticize- often it can pretty easily be reasoned that a lot of alts don't do a ton. They also have links- contest em just like you would a regular link, make your link turn and no link args like you always would- even if it's a nontraditional strat like poetry or rap, there's some thing or structure they criticize- figure out what it is if it isn't evident. TLDR: K debate is moving forward, and our engagment strategies need to follow. An argument is an argument, treat it like one- don't look at it as no evidence, look at it searching for links, warrants, and their method.
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  13. Virumstein

    Queer Optimism

    Thank you <3
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    Queer Optimism

    Hey, I wanted to come back to this and answer this more in-depth, because the question makes the answer seem more simple than it really is. It all depends on what we consider to be pessimistic- First, I'd like to start with a basic conceptualization of a few popular theories and concepts- 1) The Anti-Social Turn- This is a term used that was largely started by an article by Halberstam describing "the anti-communitarian" aspects of much of modern queer theory. Here are a few theories and authors that support this: Queer negativity and pessimism- Started primarily by Leo Bersani and Lee Edleman, these theories are the radical negativity destroy society concepts that most people think of when they understand negativity, more contemporary less transphobic readings than Edleman can be found in Baedan. Queer Failure- This was primarily started by Halberstam, and as Halberstam themself states, a negative movement. It simply says that modern ideas and conceptualizations of knowledge and knowledge production leave out the "stupidity, forgetting, failure, and illegibility". Halberstam says we should embrace those things and refuse that ideal of success. It's still negation- but with a bit more hope in it. 2) Queer Community- Theories talking about the need for us to stick together, often with a bit more optimism involved: Ballroom Politics- Based on the book Butch Queens up in Pumps by Marton Bailey, affirmations of ballroom spaces endorse a community where we walk face, gather together, and care for each other. It's all about the community we can find together and how that enables both a form of self-care and love, and caring and providing for each other. Hapticality/Undercommons- Check out rounds from USC BL <3, but basically this is talking about holding each other up and caring for each other, remaining illegible, not relying on the state, and working together to build a better community- to quote Moten from USC's aff: "It’s not about who’s holding you down when you try to jay-walk; it’s about who’s holding you up. This is the question of hapticality. The police can’t hold what’s already held." Munoz's optimism- Munoz in cruising utopia makes a lot of arguments about the need for community to deal with the violence queer people face, and says that that negativity is bad because it prevents that. I'd honestly read the book if I were you. 3) The other kinda postmodern stuff: these can't be really be categorized very well (how queer), but I figured I'd list some authors: Puar- Deleuzian, mainly about assemblages, read you DnG indicts if you have to, but honestly just cut puar indicts, her refusal of intersectionality in favor of assemblage theory is often criticized as anti-black. Preciado- Oh lord, this is hard to describe- talks about using hormones and other things to hack gender, read the book this would take forever to explain, something something pharmaporn. Winnubst- Winnubst is pretty cool, she bases her work on Bataille and embraces non-productivity, I would recommend Queering Freedom to anyone, if you need to answer it, you can read productivity good if you don't have much else. Alright well, I'm in class and ran out of time, I'll probably revise this later, anyone can PM me any questions, I'm not the end all be all on this, but I'll do my best. Reading list: Cruising Utopia by Jose Munoz (Optimism af) The Queer Art of Failure (Halberstam, honestly super good read) Testo Junkie by Preciado (kinda hard to apply but pretty cool, not many read it) Queering Freedom by Shannon Winnubst (Bataille based queer theory, Greenhill EG and South Eugene LS read it) Butch Queens Up in Pumps by Marton Bailey (super dope reading about the ballroom, check vids of Wake EF, round 3 vs Kansas was dope) The Undercommons by Harney and Moten (not directly queer theory in the normative sense but great connections can be made) This is by no means complete- but I hope it was helpful <3
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    Queer Optimism

    Also- the differences between preciado, gender nihilism, and Halberstam's failure are huge- if you read generic answers vs anyone competent you'll get smacked
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