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How do you address people in a debate?

vmpire321
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12/24/2011 8:45:23 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I've found myself doing this recently.

When I mention my opponent, I use the term "my opponent"
When mentioning the reader/voter, I use the term "you".

So I end up saying something like "I've shown you why my opponent has failed"

How do you guys address people? Do you use "you" for your opponent instead?
UnStupendousMan
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12/24/2011 8:49:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I address it as if I was in an LD debate; the voters are my judges and my opponent is my opponent. I address the judge, not the opponent.

I guess the logic behind this is that debates are not arguments. Debates are ment to be judged, while arguments are ment to spew anger and settle differences.
UnStupendousMan
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12/24/2011 9:22:26 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/24/2011 8:49:42 PM, UnStupendousMan wrote:
I address it as if I was in an LD debate; the voters are my judges and my opponent is my opponent. I address the judge, not the opponent.

I guess the logic behind this is that debates are not arguments. Debates are ment to be judged, while arguments are ment to spew anger and settle differences.

And judges want to be addressed to. They are spending their valuable time to judge the debate, they want to be acknowledged.
Lordknukle
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12/24/2011 9:24:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I rarely address the voters in my debates, but when I do it goes something like this:

"As you can see, my opponent has *blahblahblah*".
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phantom
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12/25/2011 12:45:59 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/24/2011 8:45:23 PM, vmpire321 wrote:
I've found myself doing this recently.

When I mention my opponent, I use the term "my opponent"

Do that

When mentioning the reader/voter, I use the term "you".

I don't do that

So I end up saying something like "I've shown you why my opponent has failed"

How do you guys address people? Do you use "you" for your opponent instead?
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Double_R
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12/25/2011 3:50:42 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I always address my opponent as "Pro" or "Con". Sometimes I'll throw in "my opponent" just so it's not so redundant. If I have to address the readers I will usually refer to them as "the readers" or the "voters". I however try to stay away from this, and I certainly don't like referring to them as "you" because it makes it seem like you are trying to plead for their approval, which I think strangely puts you at a psychological disadvantage. Take the following example:

"In conclusion, I've shown why Pros argument does not affirm the resolution"

This statement seems strong and confident. You feel like you are supposed to agree with it and it might make you hesitate to challenge it.

"In conclusion, I've shown you why Pros argument does not affirm the resolution"

Now when the debater says "I've shown you", it implies that "you" are supposed to be personally convinced. If you are not personally convinced it now seems easier to declare this statement as false which naturally leads to finding reasons why. Basically using "you" makes the reader feel more like a juror who has the power to decide rather then a reader who is supposed to agree.
jm_notguilty
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12/25/2011 3:57:49 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I use all-capitalized PRO or CON when addressing my opponent, and sometimes 'my opponent', or 'my foe' or the 'instigator'/'contender.'

I rarely use 'you', since I only use them after I quote a question he asks or a statement from him/her that is questionable (I speak to him directly). But usually, 'you' is reserved for the readers/voters.
Kinesis
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12/25/2011 5:07:35 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I usually use Pro/Con, but sometimes I use 'my opponent' in case I get mixed up. At the end of one debate, I accidentally urged voters to vote for my opponent. ¬¬
MasterKage
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12/25/2011 11:53:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Change this "I've shown you why my opponent has failed" to "I've shown why my opponent has failed"
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