By Deborah Tannen Random Fighting for Our Lives Conflict can’t be avoided in our public lives any more than we can avoid conflict with people we love. Used to express ideas; Talk about everything as if it were a war; “take a shot at it”; “I don’t want to be shot down”; train us to think about & see. Deborah Tannen Fighting for Our , Sep 21, pm, PDF Document (application/pdf), KB, dy.

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Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles. Email required Address never made public.

How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint? While the reader is susceptible to criticizing the validity of this very writing through labeling Tannen a social skeptic, she does conclude the work with various alternate methods to this solution.

She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate.

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tanneen You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! That’s Not What I Meant! Tannen is concerned that our culture has become so accustomed to debotah habit of arguing that we have framed everything into a debate, in which winning or losing is the main concern.

She has observed that, while conflict and opposition are needed in a dialogue just as much as cooperation and agreement, the scale has been tipped, with conflict and opposition being overweighed.

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She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse. Hi, this is a comment.

The latter group recalled the cars moving at much higher speeds than the first group, live the power and influence words can have on perception. She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.

I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women. This site uses cookies.

Abridged Audio Version read by the author. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You Just Don’t Understand. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views.

On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. Talking from 9 to 5. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Unfortunately, her sole offering is tanneen experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. In her trademark clear, well-organized style, and generously using examples from her own life, Tannen moves from arena to arena, backing her thesis with plenty of research.

The Argument Culture — Deborah Tannen

In this light, I feel she also offered her weakest example of her said point. I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing.

It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand. You are commenting using your Facebook account. She explains how the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions.

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