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Can duct tape fix everything?

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Started: 5/18/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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duct tape can't fix everything it can't fix a dead person


I present to you a wild thesis: duct tape is modernity's use of an old tale, a tale of poetics and a tale of destruction -- destruction that leads to construction.

Don't believe me? That's fine.

Soon we will both be dead. I am a suicide bomber. My poetry, the bomb, and the language it is written in the sacrament of debate and the sacrament of totality. The words of Fernando come to mind, in their book, The Suicide Bomber and Her Gift of Death,
  • "Once the poem is set off, the poet remains completely blind to its effects.
    Once the bomb is set off, the suicide bomber is completely blind to its effects. ...
    Perhaps it is the fact that (s)he remains an enigma that is her gift to us. It is this refusal to be understood, to be subsumed under any existing conception, to be flattened, exchanged, reproduced, that is her gift. And in that same spirit, it is not a gift that can be understood—this is not a gift that one can bring to the return-counter at the shop, to be exchanged for something else, something more palatable, something easier, something more comfortable, more comforting. This is a gift that is unknowable, in full potential, always possible; perhaps always a gift that is to come."
But what effect is there to be had from a complete destruction of the Self, and the destruction of the Other? What do we have through duct tape no longer holding the bonds in which society is built upon? It is that breaking that saves us.

Jasbir Puar is fundamental to this idea, as are a few other authors, but Puar specifically makes mention of this claim: when we blow ourselves up with the bomb, we move aside from being as different and distinct entities (hierarchies, male vs female, straight vs gay, white vs black vs other, tall vs short, etc), and move into being one entirety of dead material. We transcend hierarchies and we transcend oppression.

Let's tie it back in to the resolution. Specifically, the fact that duct tape fails so miserably and falls so rapidly is what saves us. When we are allowed to fail, only then are we allowed to live. The words of Tyler Durden from Fight Club come to mind, "only when you lose everything can you do anything."

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1


It also can't fix a slide door and a dead battery :thank you for the info segratory


Extend - through the fact it doesn't fix everything, it seemingly does.
Debate Round No. 2


Mad_kid105 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by segregory 2 years ago
Agreed it can not fix a dead battery. It cant fix a walk through door either.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con ff a round, so conduct to Pro. Pro conceded duct tape doesn't fix everything in round two, so arguments to Con.