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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She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. Notify me of new comments via email. 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. I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing.

I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it was argumentative! This site uses cookies. Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play. You Just Don’t Understand. In this article, Tqnnen Tannen attempts to fannen the eyes of the reader to the argumentative culture to which we have all become accustomed to. Thank you Kristine Houston. 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 entry was deboah in Uncategorized. I liked how you kept the response clear because her paper discussed livrs many different contributing factors and results that it would be easy to lose focus of the main point.

Our society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views.


Interestingly, despite her efforts I found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. Tannen goes on to list the repercussions of the previous observations, concerned that this increasing trend of opposition is attributed to the livse of our society.

But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture | peternicholas

Find an Independent Bookseller Near You. 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. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

She explains how the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Tannen explains that though this method has its rightful place; it is ineffective and dangerous to employ it for every situation. 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.

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.

Email required Address never made public. 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.

Hi, this is a comment. That’s Not What I Meant! 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.


She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse. It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style.

Video Lectures for Classroom Use. She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her. 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.

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.

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.

To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video of two cars colliding. Abridged Audio Version read by the author. I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women.

More on these will be interesting. How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint? She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. Ceborah reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles.