By: Gibby95          The Debate Dissagreement In The American Society

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By: Gibby95 The Debate Dissagreement In the American society we tend to resolve our differences by directly addressing our opposition by forms of debate. Throughout history, debate has been a tool of reform or what some may call reason, but; in recent years the argument has been made that our adversarial culture is in need of certain alterations. Early education generates the idea that creating an argument is essential to developing our originality, contributive, and intellectual views and standards. Unfortunately, our society has come to value the attack on certain judgments and developments rather than the integrated thoughts, feelings, and emotions of an argument. If our society will take steps to further our debate, instead of polarizing it, then our overall intellect will improve, because; modification of traditional ways of thinking can not only improve our intellect, but it can foster it to aid in all areas of our society and democracy. Deborah Tannen, explores the current argument culture in our nation and specific conflicts within the adversarial ways of our society. Casual debates have become overheated debates, in which, "the temptation is great to oversimplify at best, and at worst to distort or even misrepresent others' positions" (Tannen 623). One will see these effects in all areas of interest from journalism to medicine. The media is always looking for an opportunity to report a good story, but good stories have changed over the years. Now anyone in a qualified position of employment must be extremely careful of distinguishing between his or her private and public lives; what once was private to most people is now becoming very public through the media; a direct attack on the person rather than their position seems to be the better story. Consequently, it is becoming more difficult to find someone willing to take on high qualified positions, "instead of enhancing reputations, going into public services now threatens them, whether or not the officials have done anything to be ashamed of" (Tannen 632). This media representation fosters a misconception of how one should act within society and what their agendas should indeed be directed toward. One would assume objectivity is the best way to approach something one might be interested in critiquing, but; for a level of objectivity to exist then there must also be a level of "disinterestedness" (de Waal 664). Thus, people would need to be moral or have some sort of goodness about them, although; within the Western society one might argue morality rarely exists when it comes to the argument culture. For a person looking to critique a particular subject matter it seems they must indeed have that level of disinterest within them, but; we know that is not true because each person is searching for gratification or a certain appreciation only found through concern of one's own interests. "Moral emotions, in contrast, are disconnected from one's immediate situation:...

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