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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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. Talking from 9 to 5. Find an Independent Bookseller Near You.

This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views. Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, and to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. I liked how tznnen kept the response clear because her paper discussed denorah many different contributing factors and results that it would be easy to lose focus of the main point.

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.

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. You are commenting using your Veborah account.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles. I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it deboran argumentative!


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. 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.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

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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. You Just Don’t Understand. Log in No account? You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

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But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate. Thank you Kristine Houston. Email required Tanen never made public.

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. I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing. Notify dehorah of new comments via email. This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals.

Video Lectures for Classroom Use. 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.

In this light, I feel she also offered tannwn weakest example of her said point. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here That’s Not What I Meant! Tannenn society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships. I feel a stronger example could fihting been used to emphasize the thought differences seborah men and women. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Interestingly, despite her efforts I found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. 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 occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video of two cars colliding.

She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint? Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play.

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In our culture, nearly every topic is emphasized as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers. 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 states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.