In the NAQT distribution thread, some people are talking about how trash questions in academic events could be more culturally relevant, or more academically relevant. This sounds pretty cool. What does it mean?waddle1 wrote: 1. I feel that something should be done to make trash more academically orientated and to give it a fairly well defined canon.
I know the Chicago Open trash sets are usually the more "sophisticated" trash sets, but it seems to me like that reputation comes from the writing more than from the subject matter. I am curious what academic trash is.
- Would academic trash be like regular trash, but written about highbrow topics?
- Would academic trash follow the standard trash distribution?
- What are the common stylistic differences between trash and regular quizbowl? Where would academic trash fit in this?
- Has academic trash been written before, other than just as a by-product of regular trash?
The (necessary) tradition in quiz bowl is to keep high culture and pop culture very, very separate. This is the opposite of what most people I know do in real life. I kind of wonder if there are ways to bridge this gap without compromising how academic quizbowl works.