Monthly Archives: July 2011

Avoiding Straw Men

Most people learn by the end of their first day of camp not to cut straw man cards in the vein of “some people say”. But I have often commented in post rounds that debaters do themselves a disservice by purposefully underrepresenting (or misunderstanding) their opponents arguments in the round/when responding to them. This article and an older journal piece it links to do a good job of explaining why this tactic is a bad one for you to employ in your debates.

Discussion: Alternatives to Dropbox?

Lifehacker has a lengthy post today about Dropbox and its alternatives. Dropbox seems to be the default service that debate teams have used for file sharing but the quality of the alternatives is increasing and Dropbox has had a series of recent mishaps. Have you tried any of the alternatives? Is Dropbox still the best fit for debate teams? Share your thoughts in the comments.