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Posts posted by JSamuel

  1. I agree with what the above poster said, but one other thing I would like to add is pre-tournament warm-ups.

    I've noticed that my spreading improves drastically if I just read a few cards for practice while I'm on the bus going to the tournament.   It's not much, but you'd be surprised at just how helpful a warm-up can be, especially when it's right before a competition.

    Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that their spreading is better during the last round of the day?  I always feel sluggish during the first round, but the last round feels like straight fire.🔥

  2. The first thing I would do is find a great article.  It sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm serious.  Many Kritiks have literally one article or one author that the entire thing is based around.  Find something or someone that says why openmindedness is vital, and why voting for it in the round will create real-world change.

    If you can find that information, then that's a start.   And a really good start at that.  Cut the cards and make a file, then try to make some answers for later speeches and you should be good to go.

    Writing a K is probably one of the most difficult things you can attempt in debate, so good luck!

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  3. First, in cross-ex, don't let them get away with using convoluted terms.  If they use a phrase such as "dialectical materialism" or something like that, stop them right there and make them tell you what that means.  If it doesn't make sense to you, continue to ask until you understand it.  Usually, if you ask the right questions, you can show how your opponents don't really understand their kritik much better than you do.

    Second, use open evidence.  If you guys are class 3A, most of the Ks you see will be straight out of open evidence.  For example, if your opponent is running the Psychoanalysis K, just find the Psychoanalysis K file in open evidence, look for the "Aff Answers" section, and boom!  Most of your basic K answers will be right there, and you don't even have to understand the K to use the answers in round.

    Third, study up.   Just check out a few camp files on some common Ks.  Read the Alts.  This will help you tremendously.

    EDIT: I just thought of a forth thing I highly recommend doing.  Find yourself a good old, classic kritik - like the Cap K - and cook it up with your partner and run it yourself.  I'm sure that everyone on this site can agree that actually running a kritik is the best way to learn about kritiks.   And, since Ks are highly effective, you'll probably get some Ws along the way.  That's what I call a win-win.

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  4. There is no reason to change the status quo.  The uniqueness and freedom of argumentation is what makes the activity of debate the "art" that it is.  I, among many others, appreciate this, as you admit in your post.  Why then, would we change it?

    The real problem is this:

    On 6/12/2019 at 10:02 PM, debategirl52 said:

    My modified mission is as follows: To inject the debate space with genuineness.

    How do you propose this genuineness is enforced?  Because enforcing genuineness - something which is determined by extremely subjective standards - would in itself be more harmful to debate than allowing this "non-genuineness" to continue, just as it always has.

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  5. Just now, OGRawrcat said:

    2 things:

    1- You shouldn't strive to design T arguments on the negative to be accommodating to the aff. Your framing argument for T on the neg is competing interpretations. By definition your goal is to provide the most limited interpretation of a word or phrase in the resolution to provide the best predictable limits for a topic. An important thing to remember is that while yes, the aff will have some kind of aff education good argument, your impact on the negative is fairness. So even if the aff wins some risk of offense from an education-based standard, you can win that debate with impact framing/comparison between fairness and education.

    2- substantially violations aren't usually persuasive unless you have topic-specific interp/violation cards. Otherwise the aff saying "this is arbitrary, here's a card saying substantially means x%" is pretty easy to listen to. So this will either be a matter of research for you or a waiting game to see what debate camps put out (though typically words that aren't topic specific just get copy/pasted backfile cards from college debaters/coaches doing camp assignments).

    Thanks for the response.

    1. It's not that I want to be accommodating, it's just that my current "Substantially means 2%" interp card makes it to where literally zero affs meet my violation.  I would run it, but I don't want to deal with the abuse arguments, such as "name 5 affs that meet" and such.

    2. I have extremely specific violation cards that I've already found.  But you're right, I won't be able to get any sort of specific interp until the camp files are released.

  6. I've been scouring the internet, searching for topicality evidence that says, "Substantially means 1%."

    I'm trying to make a non-abusive Substantially T for the arms sales resolution.

    If anyone has this interpretation card, I'd be willing to trade.  I have an entire Dropbox full of evidence.

  7. Just now, OwenK said:

    The only mod on this site has been inactive for almost a year now. You can create one...

    As far as I can tell, I don't have permission to create forums - I only have permission to create topics within the forums.

  8. I'm not sure how everything on this site is run, but could we get a moderator to delete the "Immigration" forum and create an "Arms Sales" forum?  This would be appropriate, seeing as how the new debate resolution for the 2019-2020 season is focused on arms sales.

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  9. On 5/28/2019 at 10:38 PM, debategirl52 said:

    I was cautioning contributors to shy away from bullying... Suggestion wise, I also would like to find a resolution. I think a community-wide conversation is needed. wbu

    From the perspective of an outside observer, it looks like you are in the wrong.

    If you really want to apologize, then apologize without pointing fingers and maintaining your original standpoint.  What you did is what someone would do who doesn't want to apologize at all.

    It seems like you started the entire "K vs Policy" cock fight.  You may think you're trying to help people find common ground, but they already had common ground until you started this whole thing.  So you have no inherency, if you know what I mean.

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  10. I need a link card for an Imperialism K aff.  Something that says, "Arms sales perpetuate imperialism."  I'm still Googling trying to find stuff, but if anybody has such a link card, I'd be willing to trade any of my stuff.  Just ask - I have a lot of stuff.

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