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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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Find an Independent Bookseller Near You. She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.

This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals. She brought to light many instances of the tannnen use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. Abridged Audio Version read by the author.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

Our society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Thank you Kristine Houston. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views. Since community is a blend of connections and authorities, both of which are deteriorating from this adversarial attitude, alienation then forms, and the trend spirals communities into fightiing of detachment and hostility.

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Tannen is concerned that our culture has become so accustomed to this habit of arguing that we have framed everything into a debate, in which winning or losing is the main concern. The war on drugs, the battle of the sexes, politicians’ turf battles—war metaphors pervade our talk and shape our thinking, urging us to approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides.

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I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing. Perhaps this was her underlying objective, though; the beginning of this article read as she was propelling her personal achievements and also defending them against criticism and misrepresentation.

Tannen explains that though this method has its rightful place; it is ineffective and dangerous to employ it for every situation.

In this article, Deborah Tannen attempts to open the eyes of the reader to the argumentative culture to which we have all become accustomed to.

Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play. Notify me of new comments via email. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Email required Address never made public. She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse.

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Exploring how other cultures approach opposition, and discussing the influence of electronic communication in ratcheting up the level of aggression, Tannen shows how we can move toward more constructive dialogue in our public as well our private lives. In her trademark clear, well-organized style, ttannen generously using examples from her own life, Tannen moves from arena to arena, backing her thesis with plenty of research. In our culture, nearly every topic is emphasized as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers.

Video Lectures for Classroom Use. 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. Log in No account? The latter group recalled the cars moving at much higher speeds ttannen the first group, illustrating the power and influence words can have on perception.

In this light, I feel she also offered her flghting example of her said point.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. When asked a question pertaining to the most frequent inquiries by clients, Tannen stated that it was regarding the different conversational styles tannfn men and women. She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: More on these will be interesting. Talking from 9 to 5. You are commenting using your WordPress.

On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. This site uses cookies.

But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate. Hi, this is a comment. Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional tannsn style.

I liked how you kept the response clear because her paper discussed so many different contributing factors and results that it would be easy to lose focus of the main point. I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it was argumentative!

You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint? Tannen goes on to list the repercussions of the previous observations, concerned that this increasing trend of opposition is attributed to the breakdown of our society. It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand.

To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video oives two cars colliding.

She explains how the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions.