Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "The Dark Web"
Some Affirmatives for this resolution use fear to their advantage by referencing some of the scary things that happen when privacy gets out of hand. A lesser-known but powerful application of this is the dark web argument.
The dark web argument is one of many ways Affirmatives try and show the judges what privacy looks like when it has gone too far. Think of it as the Affirmative equivalent to the 1984/Orwellian Society argument that Negatives will sometimes use. The problem with these types of examples, however, is that they are rarely simple enough to actually prove their point without creating some issues. It is rarely that easy. As Prince Charming says in Shrek the Third, “There are two sides to every story, and our side has not been told!” The goal of this brief is to demonstrate how the dark web argument really does not fit the narrative of privacy gone wrong.
What you will probably end up doing is creating something of a common ground between yourself and the Affirmative: We can all agree that the dark web has enabled criminals to do things that we most definitely should not approve of. The point is, don’t let the Affirmative back you into a corner and force you to support everything about the dark web when you really don’t have to. This brief will give you plenty of evidence that you can use in your rounds to refute the idea that the dark web is just an example of privacy gone wrong.
The same methodology used in this brief can be used to refute basically any other similar argument. If your opponent uses extreme examples, show why they don’t prove anything.
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