Deborah Tannen You Just Don T Understand Analysis

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Public discourse is the interaction between people in the world. Deborah Tannen describes public discourse when she wrote You Just Don’t Understand and how the television and radio station was extremely fair. However, she describes later on after about a year people started criticizing her work. She began to realize when she asked a reporter why do you need to make others wrong for you to be right and her response was because it’s an argument. We don’t listen and understand when someone else is talking because we are just trying to respond. We have a tendency to have dialogue as more of a fight than a conversation. Tannen says that “noticing that public discourse so often takes the form of heated arguments of having a fight” (Tannen, pg. 8).
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