Erlangga’s Back To School Competition

Erlangga’s Back To School Competition


31st of July, till 7th of August, Erlangga Publishing made a competition in Ciwalk, and my Debating Mentors, Miss Muliani, and Mr. Eri asked me to come. So well, I came. More on them later, but I’ll share about LEDS Debating Community soon enough.

Miss Muliani, My Mentor As a Judge


I came one day before the High School Category’s Speech Competition, (Also, the finals would be a debate, not a speech). Someone from Erlangga, that I knew, and knew me, cause I met him once before in an event at the City Library, Mr. Deon, forbid me to join. He said it’s unfair because I was too good at debating. WHY? Honestly, I think as long as the category is still for High School, and I am still in High School after all, I should be able to join, regardless of my skill.

Competition Day

If you chose to not read the spoiler, jump here

The very next day, Mr. Deon didn’t come. YES! I joined 2 minutes before the registration closed, and prepped my speech on the spot, so I could win! I literally have no preparation, but I prepped a speech overview in less than an hour, re read it three times, and I didn’t look back, I just went on with it.

The speech is held under 4 booths, and Miss Muliani judged the booth that I didn’t join in. She fears her bias will make me win, and she wants me to win fair and square. So I chose another booth that isn’t hers.

Under here is my Speech, I literally copy pasted it from my 30 minutes speech prep, on the spot. The theme of the speech is “How Media Affects What We Think” That is just my concept, I removed some parts because of time limit.

Speech Overview:

Opening and Introduction Stuff


Okay, so first of all, let me start off my speech with a term in psychology. It’s called the Crowd Control Effect. The crowd control effect is an effect caused by some older parts of our brain that hasn’t evolved yet, mainly because it’s part of something important.

See, a tiny part in our brain is always reminding us to stay with the group. This has always been an important part of our evolutionary line, since most of our mammal ancestors live in packs, and straying off the pack is not a good thing to do.

Now, what I’m saying has proof, psychologists have researched that a majority of people tend to buy items online if it has more buyers, even if there are items that are up to 10% cheaper. Not only online shopping, but even when choosing a place to eat, lots of people have a tendency to choose restaurants that has a queue, rather than an empty place that sells the same items, at about the same price.

Now, I probably went on about 2 minutes about psychology, but let’s jump onto the elephant in the room, Media. Now, especially in the digitalized era, media plays a bigger role since not only journalists can provide us information, but other people in Social Media can provide us information.

Whether we choose to believe it is not relevant with my topic, so let’s not talk about hoax.

But, now, as I have mentioned above mammals live in packs, and well, our Species the Homo sapiens are mammals, and if evolution showed us something, it is that straying off the pack is a bad thing, no seriously, that Gazelle that is outside of the pack ended up as dinners for lions. If you are a species, you must avoid that at all times.2

From evolution, we humans use a different aspect of straying off the pack called Popular Opinion. If you don’t follow popular opinion, that’s just, well, Society will stare at you and tell you that you are weird. That’s again, a bad thing, and means you are that Gazelle who got killed by the pack of lions.

Now, again back on topic to media, the one I am specifically referring to is, SOCIAL MEDIA. Now, if say, some celebrity in Indonesia said that They HATE Something via Social Media, then there are chances that some of the Celebrity’s followers would also say that. And well, a statement can chain onto a wildfire. That is an effect for being unwise with something as dangerous as media.

I’m discussing some sociology and philosophy next. Now, since mankind uses political views and stuff, so Ancient Greece will be my point of view here. There are always 3 categories of people. 20% of people sets the trend, most of the times they are kings or just important people like say, a general. 60% people join the trend, and they are normally just your common villager. The rest? They are the trend haters, and don’t like to follow. Back then, that could get you executed. So, the trend haters pretend to like the trend to save their heads.

Onto the modern world once more, these kinds of things still occur, and people tend to avoid conflict, especially in Indonesia, but let us say, that…

Celeb A becomes the trendsetter at a trend saying that say, takes selfies at the most popular cafe’s in the world. The followers of that celeb have a tendency to do the same thing. The haters won’t really do as that celeb does, but might either hate and share the hate, or just pretend to not hate, nor like.

Now, that effect for the haters might eventually change because of Popular Opinion, and the Crowd Control effects, so that is pretty much how Media affects what we think.

Is it a good thing? Since society has always been like this for the past 2 millennium, hard to say, but changing your opinions aren’t really a good thing isn’t it? I just know since TV and Social media, it has GONE WORSE. Because sharing opinions becomes MUCH-MUCH easier, and this could get you as someone hated in society much easier, so before posting in social media what you think about some topic. THINK about what your thinking is.

One thing is for certain, if we can’t hold on to our opinions cause of Popular Opinion, then we are not very fit to be the leaders of a trend, nor the haters, you’d just be an ordinary follower, and that has been like that since SOCIETY even began. Me, I’d rather be unique. For proof, I don’t even own social media.

Closing stuff

Speech Closed

I’m Delivering My Speech

Yes, I wrote that in half an hour

For the result… Did I win? Yeah, I made it onto the finals. I was also the last contestant. Now, right now you might think. You entered a competition last minute and won? Exactly. That’s me for you. I perform better without too much prep sometimes. Planning is important, but for me, preparation isn’t that necessary. Prepping just adds expectations, and sometimes if I expect too much from myself I crumble.

Speeches and presentations are way better without prep. That’s my opinion by the way. If you ask, Jaja, what about tests? Ok, that does need some prep.

I Won, YAY!

Debate Day, Finals

Okay, now, I did the debate with some prep in the morning. A debate requires proper case building, and you need to be able to counter any argument your opposition throws at you. You don’t want to be caught in a debate without the ability to counter a question, or question someone. In a debate that’s a bad move.

Now, there are 2 parts of this debate. The topic is about White Lies, and well… Okay, here goes nothing, this is prepped in less than an hour or so, and I didn’t practice it, not even once. Why? A good debater is one that doesn’t utilize on memorizing, but could adapt, and counter anything that the opposition used.

White Lies, Support Version, Less Preferred

Definition of My Motion: A White Lie is a lie often told for the benefit of the person we lie to, or in some cases, ourselves. In my case I would support white lies with people we meet, relationships between a couple, or a child and their parents. The term of lie I’m using, is not limited to saying the lie, but also includes us not telling anything at all.


  • Throwing out CERTAIN white lies empower social skills and bonding skills. As said by a research from Oxford University, certain lies actually increase your place in society onto a more liked person. How could that occur is the fact that if you try and lie to someone by complimenting, people really like others that are nice and compliments you about something.

Example: We tell someone we meet that they have a nice shirt (even though we do not think as such), and as normal people would, they would say Thank You, and slightly like the person some more. If we do that to everyone we meet, then we would be deemed as someone polite, and fun. While in reality, the compliments we have are white lies.

  • Hurting other people’s feelings are not a good thing, and when we really do need to lie to protect something in a relationship, whether it is our couple, or our child.

Example: We tell our child that Tooth Fairies exist so they don’t mind if their tooth falls off, because they get a coin cause of it.

Conclusion: I believe that White Lies, especially those that are properly chosen and constructed are important to build yourself up in society and in relationships, I believe as such because the facts point this as something good, and, a research proved some benefits from white lies. I also believe that getting people to like and remember you is important.

White Lies, Opposition, More Preferred

Definition of my Motion: My definition of a White Lie that I disagree with, is lying to give yourself and the person you are telling to some benefits, to avoid conflict, especially against family members, or to protect people from the truth.


  • Conflict helps increase the strength of a relationship. Yes, conflict as unavoidable or avoidable it is, can help you be a better person. A good person should be able to not get caught in a fight while there is a conflict. People tell white lies in order to avoid conflict most of the time.

Example: You tell the truth about how you dislike the fact that, for example, your husband’s sister is living with you, and should already be having a job. The conflict from a conversation can strengthen a relationship, and gives you solutions for similar problems like this.

  • Most people, if they cannot control themselves, would become a compulsive liar, and a lie for the greater good, could eventually make that person lie about most things. Some branches of psychology highlights, researches and prove this.

Example: I can’t really show an example regarding this, but I found a quote to prove this. “Watch your thoughts, they become words, Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, as it becomes your destiny.” A Chinese Philosopher named Lao Tzu said that, and psychologically speaking, it is true that tiny actions to protect good things can eventually become a bad habit. A compulsive liar will be seen like that, as if whatever he said can never be the truth, like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If you are a liar by character, then that just proves you are not a good person, regardless whatever your purpose of lying is.


Now, on that day… I have to support White Lies, I’m not liking this , but like I said, a good debater should be able to adapt to any situation. So I did, and I used my arguments and rethink about all of the things I could possibly say, while reviewing its validity

Okay, so I got to be the second to last debater, and I’m pretty sure my debate is fairly memorable, because Bubi said that some people are actually complimenting on how good my debate is. I think I haven’t done my best to be honest, but I’ve done well enough.

Although, when the judges asked me a question, I could not answer with my best answer, which kind of left me a bad impression, but I don’t mind. Debate’s shouldn’t really be scored based on the question the judges ask, and in official debates, those I practice, judges are only allowed to observe, and questions are left to the opposition.

When it was my turn to listen to my opposition, I found the perfect argument to counter him. He used Doctors as an example for White Lies, and he said that the Doctor should always tell the truth to the patients. I countered that argument by stating that there are some patients who don’t even want to hear the truth, should doctors still tell the truth? He answered reluctantly, which actually proves I’ve already aimed for his weak spot in that debate.

Not long after, the top 3 scores who was tied by the way, was announced and I wasn’t in the list. To be honest, I wasn’t satisfied, because 2 of the 3 winners used personal experience in that debate, and personal experience isn’t a justifiable argument in a debate. I was too upset, and I decided to just get out of there and go home with Bubi, I couldn’t even bother to listen to who won. I do admit that wasn’t very sportsmanlike of me, but not long after, I met Miss Muliani again.

Post Competition

Turns out, Mr. Deon who forbid me from coming ended up recording all of the Debates and shared it to Miss Muliani, who couldn’t come. Miss Muliani said that I should have gotten away with at least top 2. Why is that? Firstly, the other 4 debaters, minus the winners and me, only repeated the same facts over and over, which is boring and unacceptable in a debate. Then, the top 3 and me, 2 of them used personal experience, and didn’t even counter argument properly. In a debate, the ability to counter a statement is just as important.

Miss Muliani said I couldn’t win because there should be some fault in the judges. So I ended up googling the official debate scoring system, and here it is.

Official Score Sheet

Okay now, in an official debate, it is prohibited for the judges to ask a question. So that’s one thing gone wrong. If you noticed, each point is rated on a 1-4 scale, so judges cannot take the middle point, and is in fact, equal per factor. I’ve read an official debate scorecard, and each question, the more spot on it is, really added on to the score. I only made one question, but I’m pretty sure it should net me a 3/4 at least, due to how well I chose my question. Not only that, I gave lots of scientific evidence for my subject. I also properly structured my debate the way Mr. Eri teaches me to. I’m also certain everyone that heard me knew I made my debate clear, and nearly without any pauses. Despite my best effort I couldn’t win, and if I may quote Miss Muliani… It’s the judges fault, they don’t understand how a debate should work, and their official scoring system

I was quoting Miss Muliani, and I’m sure that one of the judges, the one who asked me a question, which unfortunately I couldn’t answer, seems biased and made a face at me when he asked what school I was from. I answered I was homeschooled, and Mr. Thomas from Wall Street Academy actually smiled, which I thought of as a good sign, but the judge that asked me a question showed a face that seems to show some feelings that they dislike homeschoolers.

I don’t want to give any prejudice, or anything, but I don’t think a judges bias towards the contestant, should cloud their decision making. I don’t mean to disrespect Erlangga in any way, but after checking sites of Official Debates, checking the official scoresheet, and reviewing my performance, Bubi, Miss Muliani (who is oftenly a judge or moderator at official debating competitions) and I both agreed that there must be some Fault from the judges, or that they aren’t following the official rules of a proper debate.

That will actually be all from me today. Thank You For Reading, and Have A Nice Day!

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