ERIC Number: ED251883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Paradigmatic View of the Individual Events Revolution/Structure.
Kelley, Michael P.
Twenty years ago the average number of individual events offered at an intercollegiate forensics tournament was two. That average has increased steadily over the years until today it is close to 10 events per individual events tournament. However, some of the so-called "new" or "experimental" events are duplicative, causing the entire expansive process to become implosive and repetitive. It appears that the only truly new, experimental event introduced in the last 20 years that does not have a clear generic antecedant to an older event is organizational communication, and that event died at birth. Physical and temporal constraints aside, the generic limitations on further experimentation into as-yet-unplowed fields seems unlikely. Virtually all of the events introduced in the last 20 years can be viewed as either parts of a larger whole or refinements of prior offerings. Thus, if experimentation is to be found at some future date, it must lie in a radical reformulation of what the larger forensic enterprise is about and should be about. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Tournaments; Individual Events Competition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).