We should honor notable figures on USPS postage stamps.
Round 1: Acceptance
Round 2: Case
Round 3: Rebuttal and Conclusion
Reso: We should honor notable figures on USPS postage stamps.
Let's not be lawyering c*nts with arbitrary rules, okay? I think we both know what the words in the resolution mean and can argue effectively without myriad links, no semantics f*gs or source wh*res.
I accept and thank my opponent for creating today's debate.
I'm ready to roll.
Consider the lucid fatuousness of affirming the resolution. Not because choosing a notable figure to honor is trivial: it is not. However, ascribing that figure to something as trivial and outdated as a postage stamp is fatuous. Who would I choose, of proper cultural significance, to assign to a large amount of United States Postal Service stamps? Who would anybody choose? The truth is that this is irrelevant. The choice, therefore, could be totally arbitrary or of sound intellectual argument. It does not matter. Mailing letters has been declining steadily since the advent of email, and for good reason.
To begin, it is important to note the shift away from stamped packages or letters and to higher technology and more sophisticated communication. Instead of the hassles of driving to the nearest post office deposit box, waiting in line, and paying for stamps, one can be contemporary by lounging in a comfortable chair, opening email, and sending messages without payment. The US Postal Service itself is bleeding its federally subsidized funds out due to sheer lack of volume and cutting workers in the process. So, to place a relevant figure on such an irrelevant technology does not do justice to that person.
Furthermore, why illustrate that figure on an item that has an immediate negative emotion attached prior to seeing it: the feeling of being swindled into purchasing grossly overpriced, outdated procedural minutia. We don’t remember our leaders in Gregorian chant for the same reason we don’t assign a sublime degree of meaning to postage stamp people.
There are myriad ways to better celebrate our contemporary and former heroes. Popular songs, statues, awards, documentaries, the list continues almost interminably. Commemoration in televised ceremonies, remembrance in eponymous architecture, and memorial in seminal works of art all reach a far broader audience with more profundity and continuity than all the stamps in the world combined. A brief video clip can lead the audience member to better understand a gifted individual’s character, to detect the inherent nuances, and to provide a basis for emotional as well as cultural significance. Fond memories are the foundation from which the most commendable houses of eulogy are built.
Commemorating a figure on a postage stamp almost tacitly demonstrates that the cultural celebrity has past its prime, is in decline, just follow the trend line.
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