1. What did you think of when you encountered the word argument as you began to read this chapter? I thought about disagreements between two parties that usually end in violence. What do you think now? We have arguments in every aspect of life, on a daily basis. Its just a matter of how you present your argument and in what aspect. 2. Provide three examples of your own to illustrate the statement “Argument is everywhere.” Home: Disagreement with your spouse, Argue with your kids and fight with your brothers. Work: Argue with your boss
Congress: A filibuster
3. Describe traditional and consensual argument. Give two examples of each. Traditional arguments put the emphasis on winning while consensual argument emphasizes agreement. Traditional arguments: A public debate or a courtroom argument Consensual arguments: A dialectic or an academic inquiry 4. What are some of the conditions necessary for argument to work best? An issue, an arguer, an audience and common ground are some of the conditions. 5. What are some of the conditions that may cause argument to fail? No disagreement or reason to argue, Risky or trivial issues, Standoffs or fights that result in negative outcomes are some reasons that arguments fail. 6. Give two examples of an ethical argument and two examples of an unethical argument. Ethical argument: Presidental Debate, Town Hall meeting
Unethical argument: An invitation to get a new credit card or an invitation to get a new car. 7. How has the role of audience changed in the world of digital arguments? With the advent of online discussions, we can view a number of topics about anything and everything at anytime. We can get involved in discussions about everything. It also allows us to view topics that are related to what we are interested in. 8. Identify four sources of arguable issues.
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