ZIP blog post #3

“Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding is changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. What do you now know that you didn’t know at the start of the inquiry?”
“How can I use different language tools and strategies to create more effective debate arguments and rebuttals.” This was my initial inquiry question. Going in, I thought of debate as a kind of dance battle, where two opponents carefully choose specific moves to try and show dominance and outdo the other’s moves. I was always astounded by the hidden layer of twisted statements and rebuttals, which made debate super captivating to watch and perform in. However, as I have begun to progress more and more, and gain more knowledge, I am beginning to uncover something new. Where before I thought that most of the strength came from the argument, and the rebuttals just granted justification for your initial point, I realized that debate is much more focused on the rebuttal instead. Yes, having a strong structured argument is essential, but its what comes after that truly defines the victor. Carefully laying traps four your opponent, while trying not to fall into theirs, and doing your best to de-validate their stance, so yours seems like an obvious better view. In a way, debate is a lot more like judo then a dance. The point of judo is to use the enemy’s power and punches to throw them off balance and take them down. Debate is very similar. While you need to be strong, and good at throwing punches, your victory stems from your ability to completely decimate your opponent’s punch.

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