Essay about The Argument Culture: Rhetorical Analysis
An old adage says, “In quarreling, the truth is always lost,” (Bolander, 1987). The truth is often considered subjective; it depends on circumstances, time, and many other variables. We understand that what is truth to one may not be truth to another, and after reading Dr. Tannen’s work, I realized that she has done exactly what she said exacerbates the argumentative culture we live in today. She has looked at only two sides. Due to this, I would call into question Dr. Tannen’s truthfulness in her book The Argument Culture. Tannen has successfully shown this attitude in our culture but her arguments and writing style force one to conclude that there is a lack personal credibility.
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In order to look at a differing opinion, Dr. Tannen acknowledges that there are appropriate times for antagonistic behaviors. She says, “There are times when it is necessary and right to fight – to defend your country or yourself, to argue for your rights or against offensive or dangerous ideas or actions,” (Tannen, 1998). She is clearly against what she terms, “the argument culture” (Tannen, 1998). These two sides of the argument can be clearly seen throughout her essay.