Recently, I’ve run into more competitors who refuse to allow their evidence to be photographed during / after round.
I, for one, do not fully understand the arguments against this. Photographing evidence allows debaters to:
- Ensure everyone is citing evidence accurately (i.e. text is verbatim)
- Quickly collect citations (very little time in-between rounds)
- Promote better information-sharing (better debates)
I have heard some debaters complain that it is stealing their time and work. But this is not the same as asking for the electronic copy of the document. If debaters want to use the evidence in their own files, they still have to type it up (the same as if they had hand-written the citation).
I would be interested in hearing others’ perspectives on this.
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