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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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. 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.

I had hoped Tannen would have emphasized some alternative social methods to the current ones of which she finds so unappealing. Abridged Audio Version read by the author.

She states that a reporter, upon interviewing her in regard to her new published book, misquoted her.

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More on these will be interesting. That’s Not What I Meant! You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! I found her writing intriguing and debodah perhaps because it was argumentative!

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. 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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. You Just Don’t Understand. This book will change forever how you see forces that powerfully shape our lives, and suggests new ways of reaching our goals.


Email required Address never made public. This is just one of the many relevant examples Tannen utilized feborah her writing to illustrate her views. In this deborwh, I feel she also offered her weakest example of her said point. 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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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 dsborah point. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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 gannen Twitter account.

She highlights how society has become programmed to pursue truth by the assumption that each issue has two opposing sides. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Log in No account? Tannen reported her reply as the necessity to distinguish between biological or cultural styles.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Our society has become vor adversarial, with consequences not only in our ability to solve problems but also in our personal relationships.

You are commenting using your WordPress. I feel a stronger example could have been used to emphasize the thought differences between men and women.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. To emphasize this point, Tannen refers to a scientific study in which participants viewed a video of fughting cars colliding. 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. Interestingly, despite her efforts I found her writing quite aggressive and argumentative itself. Find an Independent Bookseller Near You.

Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

In our culture, nearly every topic is deborha as a battle or argument in which there are definite winners and losers. This site uses cookies.

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.