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College Debate: The Flaws of Oratory

February 6th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

chess checkmateIs college debate influential? Well, more than you can ever imagine. Just take a look at the courthouses, the Congress, as well as various publications. What you happen to see there is a bunch of ex college debaters. The latter are here and there trying to be heads of finance, marketing and many other areas that hook individuals with a strong sense of rectitude. They are always calculating and deliberate. Learning to properly think through exposing their key ideas to the true test: the solid and active opposition of the rival. The reality is that the debaters nowadays tend to end up in charge. For that reason it is a real trouble that the process of debating is getting quite cuckoo.

Let’s Start with the Definitions

When it comes to the intercollegiate debates, the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) comes to one’s mind. The CEDA is the US largest intercollegiate policy debate association. There’s always the topic that is being debated (resolution); the team that is proposing a case (on the basis of the topic – affirmative); the team that is going to oppose the case (negative), as well as an individual who’s supposed to evaluate the debates and pick the winning team (judge). After a couple of debate rounds supported by strong but quite unnatural arguments, the solid evidence wins. To make it clear, college debate is a game that includes its own rules.

The Problem with the “Project Cases”

According to the CEDA, tournaments are nowadays ridden with the so-called “project cases”, in which the members of the team must define the social cause into the provided resolution. In this case arguments are based on personal experience, as well as being presented through various performance novelties. If you really want to succeed in CEDA, you have two ways to go. You may just compete on the project cases (in this case one can declare that every CEDA rule is both privilege-based and invalid.) Or, as an alternative, you will have to meet a high preparation burden: the negative and affirmative cases addressing the resolution intention, as well as the negative arguments that project cases may be excellently opposed with.

The Debate Problem Solution

According to the director of forensics at Concordia University-Irvine Konrad Hack, there are effective ways to beat the project case. For instance, the negative team members could bring physical evidence against the rules of the NPDA (directly into the NPDA round.) This would provide them with an opportunity to bulldoze the affirmative project case through the bunch of arguments, or to force the members of affirmative team to call the order point. However, this can’t be well taken when the rules have been fiated away.
Experts believe that nowadays there are enough individuals, who believe that it is still important to affirm. In this case, “affirm” is about proposing the case based on the resolution intent. Moreover, the judging pool also likes the idea that we must talk about the topic. Otherwise, what’s the point of conducting thorough researches if we do not debate the topics?

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