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November Extemp Released

11/11/08 08:19:05 pm

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It would seem that there has been a definitive shift in power in the past decade, as it begins to migrate from the Western Hemisphere to the Eastern. While the West still remains the seat of international governance, Asia and the East are quickly building influence. In this edition, you will find analysis on China, North Korea, and Japan. Obviously, watching the events that transpire in these countries is critical, because they are all in very important positions right now. China is attempting to become a world leader, and its pursuit of this goal has been a major topic of international concern and debate. North Korea remains as unstable and is still a focal point of international diplomacy. Japan is attempting to make itself a dominant world power once more, without invoking negative images of old. All told, Asia is growing in importance, and as such, it is growing more imperative that we understand the affairs of the region.

Again, ask me anything on facebook. I'm always more than happy to answer questions. I really enjoy getting to work with individuals. Close out your semester strong!

David Kumbroch


Public Forum December 2008 Released

11/11/08 06:51:16 am

PF Releases

Resolved: That, on balance, social networking Web sites have a positive impact on the United States.

This topic should interest a lot of high school students. Social network Web sites are ubiquitous amongst high school and college students although that demographic is expanding. It is also a topic many of you will be familiar with prior to researching. Is the tradeoff between increased communication capacities and privacy inherent to SNSs? Is a larger network of weaker relationships preferable to a smaller network of close ties? Are participants in social networking aware of how their information is being used? These questions have been posed by the resolution. The packet is filled with evidence but most is social science research derived from surveys. It’ll be nice to have the studies but the team who puts the most analytical thought into this topic will win.

Prove the first Pro point and join the Public Forum Debate Facebook Group to make social network sites educational! In all seriousness there is a discussion of the topic and other debate-related topics taking place in that forum on a regular basis. Direct any questions to Michelle Schmit on Facebook or the michelle@finalistfiles.com. Good Luck in another month of Debate!

Michelle Schmit