Today Shawn and Micah chat with a special guest, Tony Rose, about civility in public discourse. Tony serves on a local school board, so he has some insightful comments to share regarding public dialogue and conversation.
Conversation in our culture has been changing the past few years, as evidenced by the most recent Presidential election cycle. People can no longer agree-to-disagree. Responses are no longer logical arguments, but personal attacks. We share some personal experiences when poor argumentation, poor journalism, and personal attacks made it difficult to remain courteous in our responses.
Tony offers some helpful thoughts about how we can have more civility in our political and cultural conversations—disagreement is not a lack of civility; everyone you meet knows something you don’t know; don’t take disagreement personally; don’t consider politics a competitive sport.
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Links and Recommendations:
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism – by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Acts 26 – Paul before King Agrippa
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