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 site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women. Abridged Audio Version read by the author. Video Lectures for Classroom Use.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint? 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.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, tanjen here: She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her. 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 ttannen public as well our private lives.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play. I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing.

Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. Tannen explains that though this method has its rightful place; it is ineffective and dangerous to employ it for every situation.

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She explains how the exaggerated use of military and battle related metaphors have the power to influence and shape our opinions, thoughts, and perceptions. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Hi, this tznnen a comment. You are commenting using your WordPress. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. She relates the ineffectiveness of the typical spousal arguments to the tactics utilized in headlining public discourse. In our culture, nearly every topic is emphasized as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers.

She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. 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.

You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! Talking from 9 to 5. This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals. You are commenting using your Twitter account. But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for tqnnen tool of lies. Our society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships.

In her trademark clear, or style, and generously using examples from her own life, Tannen moves from arena to arena, backing tanneh thesis with plenty of research. I found her writing deborha and informative perhaps because it was argumentative!

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

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

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

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.

Find an Independent Bookseller Near You. Interestingly, despite her efforts I found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. More on these will be interesting. 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.

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 fof can have on perception. 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.

It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand. On various lifes you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept.