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September 22, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Throwback Thursday: Framework for answering Performative/K Affs

The lecture from the University of Texas might help. I haven’t watched it past the 5 minute mark or so. Kurt, who ran the K in his day, explains its role on the affirmative.
This basically is a framework lecture. At a minimum, it tells you what you will have to answer when debating framework

This debate was on the college topic on nuclear weapons. The neg. strategy is nuclearism/nuclear images good and framework. I would start watching in the 1NC.

I don’t know if there are other decent framework debates on Putting the K in Debate…..but I’m sure there are.

Is this framework on the negative versus performative affirmatives?

The debate over framework is basically romanticism versus the enlightenment, the wild versus order, or the post-modern versus the modern. [rules good versus rules bad, predictability good versus predictability bad, are standards good?, how do standards help us?]

Its also ostensibly about the nature of:
1) words/discussions/communication
2) movements/social change
3) games/competition
4) reps versus roleplaying
5) the role of the ballot/the role of the judge
6) the purpose of debate
7) creativity in relation to guidelines versus no guidelines
8) the ability of the affirmative to win -ism based impacts to impact turn education.
9) defining terms or having limits = bad (gatekeeper of IR….ala Bleiker….or something Foucault related
10) what is the role of the resolution?
11) what does it mean to affirm the resolution or to be affirmative? what are the affirmative burdens? And why is that framework good?
12) various defenses of traditional debate….usually this puts the aff. is a decent position…..because they just pick 2 to 4 of a handful of practices they don’t like (and links to their -ism) and go for one or two.

And then ultimately how many of the above relates to fairness & predictability.

• Have values, standards, and order every been helpful or beneficial for society?
• Have values, standards, and order ever been helpful or beneficial for communication?
• Have values, standards, and order ever been helpful or beneficial for minorities?
• What replaces the space opened up by the post-modern turn in debate?????

Usually the affirmative (performative/critical affirmative) positions itself as the defender of wildness & the margins…..and overturning of norms, values, and orders. This philosophical line runs through most performative affirmatives……or at least by the 2ac in offense to the framework or topicality argument.

I suggest backing up from the cards (I happen to like a card or two by Shivley, the Joyner evidence on role-playing, and the Foucault card on fairness) …..and thinking deeply about how the words we use and communicate with relate to social change (a la the above concerns & questions).

• What do the defense of these values mean practically??? What are the stories, metaphors, historical examples.
• What would happen to society, social change, minorities, etc…..if these values were realized & universalized????
• Are these values zero sum? Can you adopt or accept a hybrid account between the extremes in the so-called “clash of civilizations” debate?
• Does one subsume the values of the other? Is one paradoxical or does it eat itself?

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard that in a framework lecture, however. If you can control a number of these (particularly 1 through 12, but some of the questions as well)….and prove that yours are more important–the paramount concerns in the debate round (via impact or theory filters)……you should win. Period. *

* This is the act of putting your concern (worldview/value framework/perspective) as the central criteria for the round/debate.

* * Note: when I say standards above….I’m referring to standards in the larger sense (ie principles & values).


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