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About the Movie
Fast Talk tracks the Northwestern University debate team as it tries for a second consecutive championship while simultaneously examining why debaters now talk so fast and how their arguments are unintelligible and inconsequential to a non-debate audience. Clearly there are benefits to fast-talking--more arguments presented in a shorter amount of time. But is there a dark side? Has debate slowly morphed from an academic activity meant to train young minds to an activity meant to train winners regardless of whether or not they know how to communicate and/or form nuanced arguments? Regardless, as the film shows, there is much to admire about the present state of debate: Coach Scott Deatherage cares deeply about his team. The debaters are also very committed to their activity and very emotional about their losses.
A Powerful Examination of the Use of Fast Talk in the Debate World
This is a powerful and thought-provoking film that raises questions about the nature of communication itself. The film's approach is both intimate and honest as it takes you inside the daily workings and personalities within the debate team at Northwestern. The film-makers tackle significant questions about and critiques of fast talk within the debate world as they openly examine this fascinating topic. A few reviews have said that the film "misses the point" about the importance of debate as it primarily focuses on fast talk (that is the title after all). I think quite the opposite; the film challenges viewers to consider the value of debate as a tool for communication.
I watched it with a high-school debate team, and it allowed us to have a very interesting discussion about the nature and purpose of debate itself. This film will absolutely leave you thinking about the subject long after you have finished watching.