The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words

THE WORLD S MOST FAMOUS LINGUIST OFFERS A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE AND A REVOLUTIONARY LANGUAGE TO LIVE BY In her 1 bestseller You Just Don t Understand, Deborah Tannen showed why talking to someone of the opposite sex can be like talking to someone from another world Now Tannen is back with another groundbreaking book, this time widening hTHE WORLD S MOST FAMOUS LINGUIST OFFERS A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE AND A REVOLUTIONARY LANGUAGE TO LIVE BY In her 1 bestseller You Just Don t Understand, Deborah Tannen showed why talking to someone of the opposite sex can be like talking to someone from another world Now Tannen is back with another groundbreaking book, this time widening her lens to examine the way we communicate in public in the media, in politics, in our courtrooms, and classrooms once again letting us see in a new way forces that have powerfully shaped our lives.The war on drugs, the battle of the sexes, political turf combat in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and influence our thinking We approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides In this fascinating book, Tannen shows how deeply entrenched this cultural tendency is, the forms it takes, and how it affects us every day sometimes in useful ways, but often causing damage.The Argument Culture is a remarkable book that will change forever the way you perceive and communicate with the world.
The Argument Culture Stopping America s War of Words THE WORLD S MOST FAMOUS LINGUIST OFFERS A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE AND A REVOLUTIONARY LANGUAGE TO LIVE BY In her bestseller You Just Don t Understand Deborah Tannen s

  • Title: The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words
  • Author: Deborah Tannen
  • ISBN: 9780345407511
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I really like Deborah Tannen’s writing style. She writes in short chapters and uses a lot of examples from studies and real life to illustrate her points. This book continues some of her work on communication – moving from the differences between men and women’s styles of communication, she begins talking about an “American” style of communication and culture. Our culture is becoming overly antagonistic and argumentative – obsessed with framing every issue as a debate between two opp [...]

    2. Brings up some interesting points with regard to the nature of debate. Rarely is any issue just 2 sided and this book emphasizes the importance of seeking common ground in our discourse. argument for arguments sake is never productive and although it may be important to stick up for what you believe, the application of reason is more important than shouting down your opponent to win cheap points.

    3. Since I'm writing this as the presidential election heats up, I only grieve that Tannen's book hasn't really made a dent in the obnoxiousness of political/cultural debate in this country. To avoid all the lies and innuendo of the next ten weeks I turn off my tv and my radio so I don't have to poison my mind with that crap. Tannen hits the nail on the head, and keeps hitting and hitting and hitting. Doesn't seem to do much good.

    4. This book, written almost 20 years ago could have been written today only with so many more examples of how polarized the discourse in America has become. In one of the chapters she writes about email becoming more and more prevalent as a means of communication, citing the benefits and yet the loss of one to one communication that too much reliance on email might foster. She got that right as well as alerting to the alarming trend of more coarse and brutish dialogue that ensues when posting on s [...]

    5. I love Deborah Tannen. I devoured her previous books on communicating (my favorite being 'You just don't understand' on differences in communication style between men and women). This book is different from her previous work, but fascinating nonetheless. Tannen's key point is that America has changed into an argument culture, where many aspects of life have turned into debates instead of dialogues. She shows this by discussing amongst others politics, the law, and media/the press and proves that [...]

    6. Tannen is probably better known for her book "You Just Don't Understand" which looks at the communication differences between men and women.This book explains why no one in this country listens to authority, and how everything has to be confrontation or a debate.Also many problems are looked at as having only two sides, when many problems are multi-faceted and many differnet arguments could be made.A must read for anyone who has to be in authority.

    7. A lot of interesting content, but it wasn't written in a way that was absorbing. It didn't get overly repetitive, and it was informative and useful, but it didn't hold my interest. Instead of discussing the argument culture in a more abstract way, Tannen spends the chapters delving into specific arenas that show the power of the argument culture (law, politics, etc), which made the overall theme harder to get into. I would have preferred a book about the topic in the style that Tannen wrote her [...]

    8. Written about 20 years ago, this book is more relevant than ever. Tannen describes how we continuously reinforce a culture of critique and vitriol. She demonstrates how framing issues as having two sides limits both the breadth and nuance of discussion and encourages a competitive rather than investigative or collaborative conversation. And that always balancing with the "other" side can encourage the promotion of extreme views. She also describes how adversarial language and the scandalization [...]

    9. from the library computerTable of Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi1. FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES3 (24)2. BOTH SIDES COME OUT FIGHTING: THE ARGUMENT CULTURE AND THE PRESS27 (27)3. FROM LAPDOG TO ATTACK DOG: THE AGGRESSION CULTURE AND THE PRESS54 (41)4. "A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!": OPPOSITION IN OUR POLITICAL LIVES95 (36)5. "LITIGATION IS WAR"131 (35)6. BOYS WILL BE BOYS: GENDER AND OPPOSITION166 (42)7. WHAT OTHER WAYS ARE THERE?: LISTENING TO OTHER CULTURES208 (29)8. FAST FORWARD: TECHNOLOGICALLY ENHAN [...]

    10. Loved the first book of Tannen's that I read, "You Just Don't Understand." This book is almost as insightful. It has a easy to read format and cadence. Her analysis of the growing and overwhelming influence of agonism and criticism in our culture is valuable. While I don't agree with all her perspectives and suggestions about how to stop such a trajectory in our public and private lives, I appreciate how the book creates a framework for dialogue to address this issue. Note: One chapter (Technolo [...]

    11. Absolutely loved this book! Hard to believe it was written almost 20 years ago, because so much still resonates with what I see in my world today. Here's to hoping we can move from a culture of debate to dialogue!Favorite point from the concluding chapter: "Whatever the causes of the argument culture--and the many cause I have mentioned are surely not the only ones--the most grievous cost is the price paid in human spirit: Contentious public discourse becomes a model for behavior and sets the to [...]

    12. News stories present everything as two extreme sides. Lawyers fight to win, not to find the truth. Everything is too much shouting and debate. This was one of those books that makes me say, "I guess so. But there's not much I can do about it." Tannen's fire for her subject grew when she wrote an earlier book, went on talk shows to publicize it, and was constantly thrown into debates that kept her from getting her message out. Or they didn't want her on if she wouldn't go along with the pit-one-a [...]

    13. This was an interesting examination of some of the problems caused by framing everything as an argument. I'm not sure that this happens as often in our society as Tannen thinks it does (maybe it's because I'm in Canada?), but I can definitely see the problems she descibes in media and politics. The examples of other options were interesting, and I was happy to find that Tannen didn't try to set any of them up as a perfect solution.

    14. This book is a bit long-winded, but I'm coming from a background in conflict resolution, so most of the substance was not new to me. However, it's very good substance. In a pinch, if you had limited time, read the first and last chapters. Everything in between consists mostly of examples of argument culture in law, politics, academia and the press.

    15. This book presented the author's concern that our culture, especially our journalism, is saturated with the concept that it is only disagreement that makes a subject interesting. Too little content in our news and in our lives.

    16. Ms. Tannen's writing style is engaging, her anecdotes were interesting and her conclusions seemed plausible at first, anyway. Unfortunately, her reasoning (particularly her over-generalizations) drove me bonkers.

    17. Reading this book, especially when a presidential election is gearing up, is pretty eye opening. The way we speak to each other, the way politicians speak, the way news is reported, all in an argumentative style that is not only unnecessary, but unproductive.

    18. I've been reading Deborah Tannen for years, and this book has been on my shelf for a while. It seemed very appropriate to pull it out right now during the 2016 presidential campaigns when everything on TV seems to be explosive. Tannen give you all the reasons why. She's phenomenal!

    19. I would grade this book as a 4.5 if I could. Deborah Tannen is really onto something here as she laments the decline of every pyramidal hierarchy into an adversarial battleground. Could this be one of the unforeseen downsides of capitalism? "Show me the money" takes on new meaning.

    20. After reading this book, hopefully, one will think of the importance of being a good listener and reflecting on one's words before speaking.

    21. I loved loved loved this book. It's helped shape my view of the world and how language is framed, especially in the US and also elsewhere. Highly recommended.

    22. I don't understand why I can't find the hard cover edition here. anything I already wrote is about the hard cover editionfrom the library

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