Debate Commentary

A Reasonable Compromise to Competing Interpretations by Yang Yi

A Reasonable Compromise to Competing Interpretations Take a survey on the state of debate, and one will find that there exists quite a great deal of dissatisfaction with regard the status quo conceptions of theory debate. Ever since competing interpretations effectively replaced reasonability as the model for evaluating debates, frivolity …

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25 New Videos Posted- Includes 13 Rounds from TOC

Go to NSD Videos to check out the 25 new videos posted! Thanks to Drew Burd, Michael Harris, and the Harrison Debate Team for the videos. Greenhill Round Robin Prelim: Harrison DD vs. PV Peninsula AT   Greenhill Finals: Harrison DD vs. Northland Christian SH   Glenbrooks Octas: WDM Valley …

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Reflections on 2013-14: Positive Experiences

Now that the 2013-14 season is winding down, we want to know: What are some of your favorite memories of the season? What will you look back on fondly? What will you take from this season, either personally or as a community? Please keep this discussion positive. Last year’s thread …

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A Case for “Reasonability”

Article by Daniel Selman I think debaters are underutilizing reasonability when answering theory and you should think that too. It seems like the trend for a while now has been for debaters to accept competing interpretations on face, but in this article I advocate for a nuanced interpretation of reasonability …

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Debate and Speech Impediments by Ben Koh

Since the beginning of the year I’ve had a few words in my paradigm about debaters who are struggling with speech impediments. This never came to actualize itself or be a relevant question for me, however, until fairly recently. At Blake, I had just finished judging a round when one …

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Theory in Theory by Paul Dorasil and Clifford Chad Henson

Theory in Theory Paul Dorasil Clifford Chad Henson INTRODUCTION Recently, reigning TOC champion Rebecca Kuang wrote a criticism of theory debate in Victory Briefs Daily.  In addition to comments on the Victory Briefs website, Carlton Bone responded on NSD Update.  This article is an attempt to provide a perspective on theory debate …

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Bid List: Emory and Columbia

      Congratulations to John for finishing up the qual- ben K   8 Bids Ram Prasad’14- La Jolla (Greenhill, Valley, Voices, Bronx, Apple Valley, Glenbrooks, Blake, VBT) Danny DeBois’14- Harrison (Greenhill, Bronx, Apple Valley, Hendrick Hudson, Glenbrooks, Princeton, VBT, Lexington)   7 Bids Chris Kymn’14- Loyola (Greenhill, Valley, …

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