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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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.

Talking from fughting to 5. Abridged Audio Version read by the author. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized in her writing to illustrate her views. Hi, this is a comment. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!

This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our fightung, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals. How does the AC fit into your own experience and viewpoint?

You are commenting using your Twitter account. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. She has observed that, while conflict and opposition are needed in a dialogue just as much as fightijg and agreement, the scale has been tipped, with conflict and opposition being overweighed.

Response to Deborah Tannen’s essay: The Argument Culture

Tannen traces this tendency to the history of our educational system, and shows its roots among boys at play. 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.

She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. It also encourages people to look for irrelevant rhetorical weaknesses in the opposing argument, rather than listening to the important matters at hand.


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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Interestingly, despite her efforts Llves found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women.

You are commenting using your WordPress. On various occasions you related what you were saying at the time back to the main concept. She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her. To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video of two cars colliding. 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 ljves we can move toward more constructive dialogue in our public as well our private lives.

I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing. Our society has become overwhelmingly adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships. Tannen explains tanne though this method has its rightful place; it is ineffective and dangerous to employ it for every situation. 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.

Email required Address never made public. She brought to light many instances of the automatic use of adversarial formats which we have grown to accept. In our culture, nearly every topic is emphasized as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers. This site uses cookies. You Just Don’t Understand. More on these will be interesting.


In her trademark clear, well-organized style, and generously using examples from her own deborau, Tannen moves from arena to arena, backing her thesis with plenty of research. Unfortunately, her sole offering is to experiment with metaphors other than sports and war, tanneh to utilize expressive formats others than traditional debate style. That’s Not What I Meant! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I found her writing intriguing and informative perhaps because it was argumentative!

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.

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. Log in No account? 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.

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In this light, I feel she also offered her weakest example of her said point. Thank you Kristine Houston. Or me of new comments via email. But, like everything in life, moderation must be applied for the tool of debate. Find an Independent Bookseller Near You.

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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. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.