1

1. Prior position: Everything I know about the debate structure is a tic-tac-toe game, but the only way to win a debate is a horizontal line. Before I watch the debate, everything I know about the debate structure is a tic-tac-toe game. The only way to win a debate is a horizontal line. The judge can decide whether students lost the debate or not based on the quality of argument that has made or the opponent did not answer them well. As an introduction in the Radiolab website, it tells me a little bit about Ryan Wash’s story debating debate, who is a black college student from Kansas City. He is the first generation against other stronger teams, and make everything debatable.
2. Summary of Proponent:
3. Summary of Opponent:
4. The Proponent won: What Ryan has done is introduce other aspects into the debate and in some instances has totally abandoned logic by disregarding the topic. Whether this new perspective is enhancing or detracting from the art of debate is up for discussion. But we can’t deny that real-world debates, whether they are formal political ones or those among our friends, are not won solely on logic.
5. My Fact-Based Opinion: In the podcast, they mention Aristotle’s modes of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos. It seems like in the past debates have been won on logos alone, by presenting as much information as humanly possible in the allotted time to back your argument. From my own perspective, I think debates should be won on logic and reasoning alone. I think the stylistic fluff is just a distraction that won’t add to an already logically sound argument but then again, we as humans can never avoid letting subliminal biases sway our opinions.