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11/15/2010 10:06 AM by

Choosing advantages plays an important role in affirmative kritik strategy, but too often debaters make these choices on the fly before debates trying to figure out what they need to take out of the 1AC instead of having reasons for why something is in the 1AC. When constructing a 1AC with some options against these kritiks ask yourself not only why we should do the plan but why we should advocate the plan for particular reasons.

11/11/2009 12:53 AM by

In debates that take place between policy teams and project teams, one central sticking point tends to be over the merits of switch side debate in our activity. How do the goals of Project debating interact with the ideals and practices of what is commonly known as “switch side debate”?

11/07/2009 3:59 PM by

This post is John Turner's response to Harrigan's theory of "judge-choice", presented in this post at Georgia Debate and discussed further by Bill Batterman at the 3NR.

11/05/2009 12:07 AM by

Mowing down the worst of debate: first the consult CP, now the representation critique. Introducing "Judge Choice", your Aff's new best friend.

10/28/2009 08:00 AM by

The criticism, or Kritik, has been much maligned by its detractors and furiously defended by its proponents. The scope of this essay is not to pick one side or another, but rather to provide an analysis of why the critique fails to persuade and identify some helpful tips for debaters that want to be able to go for the critique in front of a diverse array of judges.

10/23/2009 6:51 PM by

What is "The Project"? Where does it come from? How can policy teams debate it? The answer to these and some of my thoughts on project debates in "More."

10/22/2009 12:40 AM by

Kritik debate faces a significantly changed set of circumstances from those when I first began debating in college in 1999.   At the great risk of writing an old-curmudgeonly account of the decline of kritik debate I want to outline some of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be able to go.

10/22/2009 12:38 AM by

Easy way to win more debates: don’t be one-dimensional. Offering tips for incorporating more diverse arguments.