Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
About "Media Trust"
This case is centered around its value. It’s going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible for an affirmative team to argue that confidentiality increases people’s trust in the press. Spend most of your time on the value, developing it. The case spends a lot of time currently in the contention. Feel free to change that up and shift more time to the value.
Your response to your opponent’s contentions should be some version of an outweigh or no impact. They’re nearly irrelevant to the case that you’re building. Don’t focus on the contentions that have no application to your value. Instead spend time first on your value, secondarily on your contentions, and finally on your opponent’s value. Your opponent’s contentions are an afterthought.
The persuasive core of the case rests within its impacts. Confidentiality may every once in a while, report in a “big break” story, but it’s used far more prolifically on a day-to-day basis in very normal stories. Go read anything about the Trump Administration. Somewhere within that, it says “Sources close to the president” or “unnamed officials”. Nobody trusts that. That’s why the discussion about Trump’s current situation is so crazy. Nobody knows what to trust.
And when people don’t trust the media, they’ll miss the truth. Aff is going to say that they support the truth. Show that the truth is dependent upon trust. Take the temporary sacrifice of the big story for the long game of building trust and illuminating truths.
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Drew competed in Stoa, NCFCA, and NSDA for four years total at over 40 tournaments with consistent success, winning tournament champion at the 2018 NITOC and placing #1 overall nationally on speechranks. Now, he coaches students and clubs across the nation online and in-person. Drew is committed to the activity of speech and debate and believes in the transformative power of forensics competition. Drew Magness currently coaches hundreds of students across the nation. Learn more at acepeak.org.