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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This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Abridged Audio Version read by the author. She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Thank you Kristine Houston.

The Argument Culture — Deborah Tannen

That’s Not What I Meant! Interestingly, despite her efforts I found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. Notify me of new comments via email. You Just Don’t Understand. Video Lectures for Classroom Use. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women. Our society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our fightint to solve problems but also in our personal relationships. On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. More on these will be interesting. 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 drborah losing is the main concern.

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 states of detachment and hostility. Hi, this is a comment.

Find an Independent Bookseller Near You. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She highlights how fightimg has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that deborahh issue has two opposing sides. Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles. 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.


Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool deboeah debate. Email required Address never made public. She explains how the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions.

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

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.

In this light, I feel she also offered her weakest example of her said point. The latter group recalled the cars moving at much higher speeds than the first group, illustrating the power and influence words can have on perception. 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.

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. This site uses cookies. 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Exploring how other cultures approach opposition, and discussing the influence of electronic communication in ratcheting up the dehorah of aggression, Tannen shows how we can move toward more constructive dialogue in our public as well our private lives.


In our culture, nearly every topic is emphasized as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers.

You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! She brought to light many instances ifghting the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept.

Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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.

I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing. When asked a question pertaining to the most frequent inquiries by clients, Tannen stated that it was regarding the different conversational styles of men and women. This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals. Tannen explains that though this method has its rightful place; it is ineffective and dangerous to employ it for every situation.

She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views. How does the AC fit into your oud experience and viewpoint? It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand. Log in No account? I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it was argumentative!