Worlds has begun, over in Malaysia!
What is Malaysia like? Is it fun? For debaters? One of my two sources tells me that it indeed is. But the other of my two sources says he got lost in the airport and then was sick and missed the opening ceremony, and also there is a crowded lift, so the verdict is out. Is it fun for its people? Not for its minorities.
What has happened so far? A good and intelligent briefing (http://goo.gl/Oidbjf), a Q&A session with some important peeps, some administrative things I don't understand, some important details about future bids (a Latin American DCA in 2017!), a very pretty opening ceremony happening around now.
How do I follow it? Malaysia Worlds' FB page, Youtube account, and Twitter. The schedule can be found here: http://goo.gl/tyVDOU.
What is this space for? Over the next few days we'll track ANU's teams and adjudicators, round by round, and offer words of moral support for them and everyone. Worlds can be trialling! Nine rounds of talking about harms and benefits! Six rounds in it's so easy to phone it in. Let your words speak you. Lose touch with the million quiet and inchoate impulses which really constitute thought. If you find this happening to you, try to locate yourself. For instance, if you are Callum, close your eyes and think: "I am Callum. I resist authority." Then open your eyes and continue.
Best of luck to everyone!