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Sep. 12th, 2007

01:52 am - Resolved : modern high school policy debate

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is intellectual masturbation.

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From:perich
Date:September 12th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
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Those Highland Park motherfuckers.
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From:flw
Date:September 12th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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What in thee Hell?

This is utter non-sense.

This is everything that I hate wrapped up in neat package.
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From:hhallahh
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
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It's not even intellectual masturbation. It's a complete abomination compared to what debate should be, as the end of the video implies. It's more like playing a game of Magic or something than a rhetorical battle.. you have your deck, your opponent has his, you throw your cards at one another and see who wins.
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From:ldy
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I didn't even know this sort of thing existed. I'm going to see if my local art house will get this film once it comes out.
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From:new_iconoclast
Date:September 13th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
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I want to see that film. I heard an NPR piece about it awhile back and it seems that debate has degenerated a lot since I participated some 25 years ago.

Minnesota HS debate used to be an island of calm, slow-talking sanity in a world of speed-talkers, but what we used to call "shitspread" (multiple rapid points hoping to "slip something past" your opponent) was catching on even then.
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