Resolved: High School Debates Aren't What You Think They Are

I caught the HBO documentary Resolved the other night and was totally fascinated. It's about the highly competitive world of high school debating, which is a totally different thing than I assumed it was. My idea of high school debate teams was more along the lines of something out of Rushmore, but they're actually way weirder than that. The kids try to pack as much information as they possibly can into the time that they have, so they developed an ultra-fast way of speaking that involves a sort of manic breathing technique. Rather than characterized by persuasive arguments and poise, the debates are almost scientific in the way they are crafted, and the desired result of every debate is that whatever being argued about will end in nuclear war and human extinction. Clip above.


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