Have you ever wanted to memorialize your dog on the internet, but have found WeRateDogs' bar just too high? (if you don't know what I am talking about get on twitter and follow only that account) Have you been looking for more ways to show off your dog than twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat and just going up to strangers and shoving your phone in their face? Then you have come to the right place.
I want this site to accomplish a few things. First, I want it to further discussions of debate to improve it both in and out of rounds. Second, I want to normalize discussions of debate that occur on the internet that are actually fun rather than giant dumpster fires. Finally, I want it to create a sense of camaraderie among the folks who put so much time and effort into debate at the college and high school levels.
My experience on twitter (and my vast vast jealousy of the person who came up with WeRateDogs) has led me to believe that dogs are great at fostering the exact thing I am looking for (also I really want there to be a pretense for my email having dog pictures in it).
My goal is to create a gallery of debate dogs. Here is how you can contribute:
1. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of your dog. By themselves, doing something goofy, with you, multiple pictures, attempting to make a debate joke. . .choose your own adventure.
2. Please include your name and your relation to debate. Are you a current debater, coach or alumni? What programs are you associated with?
3. Including blurbs about your dog is welcome.
I will take the information and caption the picture accordingly. There will be a dedicated page on the site for easy scrolling.
Now as I wrap up let me preempt some concerns:
If you read this post and thought "This sucks, he is just dog-washing this whole site and legitimizing his hegemonic views of debate". . .you need to relax.
If you read this post and thought "what about cats?". . .I want to build a better debate community with you, but can you please shut up for right now.
If you read this and thought "what the hell do dogs and debate have to do with each other?" They don't really, other than that they are both fun. This site is about having fun through embracing the things I like. That means debate and that means dogs.
I am Lincoln, head coach at UK and coach with Montgomery Bell Academy. This site's purpose is to post my ramblings about policy debate.