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Going Public: An Organizational Autoethnographic Exploration Of The International Public Debate Association, Adam Matthew Key Jan 2014

Going Public: An Organizational Autoethnographic Exploration Of The International Public Debate Association, Adam Matthew Key

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Historically, a trend has been demonstrated in intercollegiate debate. Debate organizations begin with a focus on rhetoric aimed at a public audience and within an average of two decades devolve into a highly technical format marked by a high rate of speed, use of nuanced technical jargon, and an overreliance on evidence. The focus on competitive success, culture, and judges are examined as contributors to this trend. The International Public Debate Association was created to sociologically combat the excesses of its predecessors, though sixteen years after its creation it is beginning to show symptoms of the same disease that afflicted ...