Debates aren’t “won”

I’m a debate coach. It’s bizarre to say that a debate is “won” or “lost”.

Even more absurd: “I won that debate.”

Because that mistakes the debate! A debate isn’t between two sides. A debate is a proposition, a thesis, a position, and whether or not the audience adopts it or not.

Debaters merely connect the audience with information. It is only the audience that has something done to them.

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