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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I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women. She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video of two degorah colliding. She explains seborah the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions. You Just Don’t Understand. This site uses cookies. She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.

The Argument Culture — Deborah Tannen

It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Notify me of new comments via email. Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles. 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.


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. I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it was argumentative! Hi, this is a comment.

On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. Abridged Audio Version read by the author.

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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.

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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. Perhaps this was her underlying objective, though; deboorah beginning of this article read as she was propelling her personal achievements and also defending them against criticism and misrepresentation.


Video Lectures for Classroom Use. I liked how you kept oives 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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Our society livfs become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships. She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides.

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 latter group recalled the cars moving at much higher speeds than the first group, illustrating the power and influence words can have on perception. But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate. This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape fightjng lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals.

I had hoped Liives would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she tanne so unappealing. Log in No account? 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.