Colleges Call Debate Contests Out of Order

Postmodern strategies pose challenges to traditional forensics

The world of college debate is an insular one. So when a prominent coach mooned a judge during a tournament in March, officials in the national debate association planned to handle it themselves. Then a video of the incident hit YouTube this summer.

Suddenly, people throughout higher education were wondering: What was happening to one of the oldest forms of academic competition?

Soon after the video appeared,