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Tannen’s assertion that we tend to approach the world in terms of two distinct choices is exemplified in the current partisan political system under which this country operates. Specifically, in presidential debates, candidates become so embroiled in proving themselves "right" and others "wrong" they neither hear nor acknowledge the merits of another point of view. Without a doubt, this obsession with battles and arguments adds to the ineffectuality of our current political system. In addition, political figures have become so concerned with losing some of their extreme constituents, that they refuse to compromise and move closer to the middle. The current approach to politics need not be so argumentative as to eclipse the pressing issues at hand. Fortunately, there is still a great desire in our country for peace and compromise.
Not every issue is presented in terms of an argument. However, in many cases these issues are overlooked because they lack the confrontational qualities that the media needs for sales and ratings. Hearing two sides of an issue which then requires personal thought and reflection are usually more interesting than undisputed facts, so even factual information is spun to involve controversy. But this does not mean that human nature is becoming more obsessed with arguments. It is merely that the media exploits conflict. There are a plethora of examples of facts which don’t warrant news coverage because they are not disputed. Generally, service to the community, which is at the forefront of importance to many people does not involve arguments.
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