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Lesson #3: Critiques

Vsit the site provided:  Then provide 5 examples of critiques you have experienced in past debates and 5 examples of an effective application of the critique (kritik) method for this year's resolution.  After you have completed those tasks, go to:, and evaluate 5 of the kritiks presented by West Coast.  (the password is 'wc')

-- Edited by mre at 15:03, 2007-09-20



To be perfectly honest before I begin, I am completely frustrated with this Critiquing, and I almost blew off this assignment again. I hate something that is this mind-boggling to understand.

A Priori: I guess if the opposing team misses the point of the resolution, isn't working the resolution correctly, or just skipped pieces, you can call them out before you make any points. We can use it this year if the Affirmative doesn't correctly define Sub-Saharan Africa.

Value Prioritization: When another team is stressing a fact that isn't neccessarily on topic is a good time to critique this. For this year, if the other team is arguing substantially heavily, we could critique the fact that they are pulling away from the topic at hand.

Foundation: If you can critique an opposing assumption where the selected point has no evidence to back it up, you can tear down a whole arguement. A team could assume this year that poverty is related directly to disease this year, but, without proper evidence, that assumption is null.

Inability: This is when you can convince a judge that the evidence and point given mean nothing at all, although still on topic. If someone gives figures on AIDS and poverty on other countries in relation to Africa, that evidence can be thrown out.

Thought: This is a critique of using logic to tie to the resolution. While sending money to Africa would help out a minimal amount, it gives no specific detail as to how it would help the economy.

And now for the WC debate Kritiks, which are equally annoying, and my head is PULSING right now.

Disease: Affirmatives argue that the African population is directly related to spreading of disease.

Development: Using the word "development" is basically the same thing as establishing a dictatorship in Africa.

Disaster Pornography: Showing images of starving Africans is like pornography. It fascinates and excites us, and we want to see more.

Populaton Rhetoric: The fact that Africa is comprised of so many people leads to the result of so much disease and poverty.

Afrocentrism: The phrase "Sub-Saharan Africa" is merely made up by Americans to generalize the poverty-stricken section of Africa.

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