Welcome all OSDU Members and lovers of great debate and oratory!
While the rest of the OSDU website will contain important information on OSDU's organization and upcoming events for OSDU members, we also thought it was important to have a part of the website where OSDU could feature posts on different aspects of debate and oratory written by a variety of authors.
Additionally, this portion of the website is intended to allow for a reasonable and informed discourse between OSDU members on different aspects of debate and oratory, including the ability to ask questions our OSDU community can discuss in a respectful manner.
On that point, please be aware that this space will be moderated by the OSDU webmaster. All comments posted to the OSDU blog pages will automatically be submitted to the OSDU webmaster for approval prior to posting. This space will not be used as a place for malicious comments on any issue or targeting any individual/OSDU member. Use of profanity, hate speech or any other language deemed to be outside the boundaries of respectful discourse will not be permitted to be posted to the OSDU blog, and additional action may be taken by the OSDU Webmaster/Board to follow up with the respective OSDU Member school's staff representative(s) depending on the content in question.
(If you aren't sure what may fall into this category, consider what might constitute an ethics violation at a tournament. Better yet, if you're not sure if you might get in trouble for writing something, either don't write it or find a proper, respectful way of saying it.)
Please also be aware that this space is not for arguing the results of your last tournament, or the selection of of debaters for national or international events. While we understand that decisions made at tournaments, etc can feel controversial, that you may believe there are strong points supporting your case, and certainly every debater is entitled to their opinion, any questions/issues regarding the results of debate or oratory tournaments must be taken up with the tournament organizers only. The OSDU blog is not a place to rehash the results of any tournament, question the integrity of decisions made during a tournament, and/or seek to overturn a tournament's results.
Any comments to this effect will not be allowed to be posted to the OSDU blog, and additional actions may be taken by the OSDU Webmaster/Board to follow up with the Member school's staff representative depending on the nature of the comments.
The OSDU blog is a safe space for all debaters. It's purpose is to help debaters and public speakers better understand their craft, and to better enjoy debating and public speaking. Like debating and public speaking, the OSDU blog is open to all, no matter what your skill level. The OSDU blog will be supportive of everyone who posts in a respectful and honest manner.
Nobody is perfect. Let's all learn about debating and public speaking together.
That said, what do you want to see discussed here? Is there a particular issue you want to talk about, or a part of oratory or debate that you're confused about? Do you want to know how to approach particularly controversial subject matter in a way that won't get you in trouble with the ethics officer? Do you want to know what's the best way to prep for a tournament? Do you want to better understand how a particular style of debating or public speaking works? Do you want to know about what opportunities there are to debate locally, provincially, nationally or internationally and what's required to do so?
Post a comment and let us know. This is your space as much as it ours. Welcome to the OSDU blog, and to the 2016-2017 Debating and Public Speaking tournament season!
Let's all have fun.