posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 07:49 PM
Originally posted by semperfortis
It is random and assigned, HOWEVER...
I have seen instances where if both debaters agree, the "Pro and Con" have been switched...
For the sake of fairness, in a tournament you can not pick your topic, that just makes sense. If you could I would argue Criminal Justice each
It's really all up to TheVagabond as the tournament master he is very fair and open as you can see...
I rather prefer random in my case and I don't think I have ever chosen a side either. Makes it a lot more exciting and WAY more challenging. I have
argued a number of times on something I absolutely DO NOT believe... It's fun...
I would seriously be interested in participating in the debates(even as an alternate) were it not for the random assignment of debate subject thrown
at me to which I have no conviction(or at least a logical tilt), or passion. I question the expected breadth and depth of the debates without
considering this. How do we expect to convince anyone in such a short time, when one feels opposite, or does not care(B. Spears was mentioned
earlier) to the subject matter to start with. A couple days of furious googling cannot compensate for the years of knowledge, and its attendent
position, passion to the subject matter.
Most of us are not used car salesman(forgive me if anyone here is) pitching and selling a story we don't believe in. Aside from developing one's
debating skills as a mere technical excercise, one would be expected to have a tough time convincing oneself, never mind the debate opponent nor the
forum audience. Besides one needs to be convinced by the opposing debater taking the opposing view, and not BEFORE the start of the debate. I cannot
possibly imagine Ron Paul convincingly taking the side of the expanded role of the federal government, and Obama opposing it.
Correct me if I am wrong but the awsome(it really was) debate between TheVagabond and semperfortis was based on such inherent personal conviction to
the debate subject, and if I am wrong about this, well, you guys are helluva car salesmen, or was it a busy "pen" followed by hasty action of the
"sword". Perhaps for the future debates, a mutual agreement between the debaters can be entertained as far as picking debate subjects are
concerned, or in the least, chosen from a long list(plenty of potential subjects judging from various ATS forums) in line with one's own attitudinal
[edit on 5-2-2008 by NeedToNo]