This edited volume represents the best of the scholarship presented at the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation. This biennial conference brings together a lively group of argumentation scholars from a range of disciplinary approaches and a variety of countries. Disturbing Argument contains selected works that speak both to the disturbing prevalence of violence in the contemporary world and to the potential of argument itself, to disturb the very relations of power that enable that violence. Scholars’ essays analyze a range of argument forms, including body and visual argument, interpersonal and group argument, argument in electoral politics, public argument, argument in social protest, scientific and technical argument, and argument and debate pedagogy. Contributors study argument using a range of methodological approaches, from social scientifically informed studies of interpersonal, group, and political argument to humanistic examinations of argument theory, political discourse, and social protest, to creatively informed considerations of argument practices that truly disturb the boundaries of what we consider argument.
Introduction: Disturbing Argument Catherine Helen Palczewski Keynote Address Challenging Communities: A Perspective About, From, and By Argumentation Carol Winkler Spotlight Panel Introduction: Perspectives on Argument Over Fiscal Policy 1. Economic Rationality, Twenty-First Century Style: A Critical Examination of Its Realism, Pragmatic Value, and Ethical Consequences Dennis S. Gouran 2. Informal Logic to the Rescue? Politics and Logic in U.S. Fiscal Debates Leo Groarke 3. Obama on the Affirmative: Sequester Arguments as Policy Debate Sarah T. Partlow-Lefevre 4. The Liberal Public Sphere and the Debt Ceiling Crisis Robert C. Rowland 5. Argumentation from Expert Opinion in the 2011 U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Jean H. M. Wagemans Director’s Choice Panel: Playing at and Disturbing the Boundaries of Argument 6. Arguing for Emptiness: Community in the Debate Over Rhetoric and Love Matthew Bost 7. The Willing Choice of Farm Labor in the UFW "Take Our Jobs" Campaign Lisa A. Flores 8. Yarn Bombing and Argument by Aesthetic Appropriation Leslie A. Hahner 9. Arguing Sideways: The 1491s’ I’m an Indian Too Mary E. Stuckey Body and Visual Argument 10. Toned Arms or Big Butt? Michelle Obama’s Disturbed Notions of Body, Race, Gender, and Advocacy as Let’s Move! Spokesperson Ruth J. Beerman 11. The Progenic Trauma Tattoo as Resignification: Auschwitz 157622, A-15510, 4559, . . . Linda Diane Horwitz, Daniel C. Brouwer 12. Smackdown! Michelle v. Oprah: Disturbing Pleasures of the Black Catfight Joan Faber McAlister, Denise Oles-Acevedo 13. Starving to Live: Self-Mutilation as Public Argument in the Colombian Hunger Strikes Ryan Erik McGeough, Danielle Dick McGeough 14. Disturbances to Certainty: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Legality of the "Pregnant Man" Marylou R. Naumoff, Erika M. Thomas 15. Django Unchained and the Undisturbed Frontier Hero Archetype Samuel P. Perry 16. Disturbing Images: Medical Photography of the Bodies of Intersex Individuals Sarah S. Topp 17. The Personal is Not Political: A Public Argument for Privatizing Women’s Sexuality Kate Zittlow Rogness Interpersonal and Group Argument 18. An Exploration of the Extent to Which Serial Argument Thoughts and Behaviors Are Relationally Disturbing Jennifer L. Bevan, Alexis Della Ripa, Alexandra Boulger, Aryn Tuazon, Chelsea Simmons, Danielle Levine 19. Disturbing Arguments: Treatment Decision Making When a Female Adolescent Confronts Fertility-Threatening Cancer Kathleen M. Galvin, Esther Liu 20. Lessons from Leadership Theory and Research for Maximizing the Value of Argument in Discussions of Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Groups Dennis S. Gouran 21. Argument Engagement under Invitational versus Demanding Conditions Dale Hample, Amanda L. Irions 22. Narrative Argument as Multiple Goal Messages in Interpersonal Deliberation Susan L. Kline Argument in Electoral Politics 23. The Structure of the Pivot: Disturbing Argument Through Strategic Question Avoidance in Presidential Debate Aaron Dimock 24. Polysemic Argument: Mitt Romney in the 2012 Primary Debates Alexander Hiland 25. A Disturbing Conclusion: The Irrelevance of Evidence Jeffrey W. Jarman 26. Disturbing Argument and Senator Richard Lugar’s Warning against Partisanship John M. Jones 27. Argumentative Trajectories in the War on Women Randall A. Lake, Barbara A. Pickering 28. 100 Million Buttons Can’t be Wrong: Argument in Political Pinback Buttons Arnie Madsen, John Fritch 29. "The Revolution Must Continue": Strategic Maneuvering in Post-Mubarak Egypt Dima Mohammed 30. Disturbing the Conventions of National Political Conventions: Crossover Addresses and Reluctant Testimony Meredith Neville-Shepard 31. Disturbing Democracy: Argumentative Framing and the Third Party Bind in the 2012 Presidential Election Ryan Neville-Shepard 32. Unqualified Support: Joe Biden’s Disturbing Performance of Leadership, Loyalty, and Laughter in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Kathryn M. Olson 33. The Timeliness of the New (Networked) Rhetoric: On Critical Distance, Sentiment Analysis, and Public Feeling Polls Damien S. Pfister 34. Something Funny? The Laughing Joe Biden Meme as Digital Topoi within Political Argumentation Susan A. Sci, David R. Dewberry 35. Third Party Rhetoric and the Constitution of an Audience Philip Tschirhart 36. What "Went Wrong" in the First Obama-Romney Debate? David Zarefsky Public Argument 37. No Regrets: Public Argument and the Refusal to Apologize Stephen Howard Browne 38. A Heretic of Law: Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift’s Challenge of Executive Authority in the War on Terror Derek Buescher, Kent A. Ono 39. The Non-Nomination of Susan Rice: Disturbing Arguments Grounded in Race and Gender Heidi Hamilton 40. Abraham Lincoln and the Argumentative Style James F. Klumpp 41. Argumentative Dimensions of Pathos: The Patheme in Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address William Mosley-Jensen Argument in Social Protest 42. Explaining Leonard Peltier’s Failed Clemency Rhetoric Matthew G. Gerber 43. Kristeva, Revolutionary Speech, and the Disturbation of Argument Jeremy R. Grossman, Kelly E. Happe 44. Tweeting the Arab Spring: Argumentative Polylogues in Digital Media Marcin Lewiński and Dima Mohammed 45. Constituting Inclusivity at the Expense of Inclusiveness: The Economic Realities of Local Food Jessica M. Prody 46. Opposing the Already Oppositional: The Westboro Baptist Church, Counter-Protests, and the Limits of Controversy Brian J. Schrader, John J. Rief, Matthew P. Brigham 47. Disturbing Black Nationalism: The Minor Rhetoric of Drew Ali Scott J. Varda 48. Disturbing Community: Conflicting Identities and Citizenship in Japanese American Concentration Camp Newspapers During World War II Kaori Yamada Argument Over/With/In/Of Drones 49. Drones: Argumentation in a Communication Control Society G. Thomas Goodnight, Gordon R. Mitchell 50. Don’t Fear the Reaper: The Disturbing Case of How Drones Reconfigure Technologies of Deliberation Heather Ashley Hayes 51. Drones, Biopolitics and Visuality: The Aestheticization of the War on Terror Megan D. McFarlane 52. After Honor: On Drones and the Distinguished Warfare Medal Controversy William O. Saas Scientific and Technical Argument 53. Mommy Instinct: Disturbing the Demarcation of Expertise Lauren Archer 54. Scientific Counterpublics: In Defense of the Environmental Scientist as Public Intellectual Brett Bricker 55. Ignorance, Lesbians, and Medicine: Disturbing the Messages of Safer Sex Valeria Fabj 56. Rationality and Risk: A Pragma-Dialectical Assessment of Bernardo DeBernardinis’s Public Statement on Earthquake Risk in L’Aquila Eileen Hammond, David Cratis Williams 57. "True" Love Waits: The Construction of Facts in Abstinence-Until-Marriage Discourse Casey Ryan Kelly 58. Standards for Scientific Argumentation in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Marcus Paroske 59. Synecdoche as Argumentation Strategy in the Rhetoric of an Autism Advocacy Group Vesta T. Silva, Rachel Avon Whidden 60. Antidepressants and Iatrogenic Suicidality: Disturbing Arguments in the Politics of the Supplement L. Paul Strait, G. Thomas Goodnight 61. Debating Technical Rhetoric in the Public Sphere: Statistical Forecasting and Science Denial in the 2012 Presidential Election Benjamin R. Warner Argument and Debate Pedagogy 62. Cultural Pedagogy as Motivation and the Role of "Institutional Agents" in Intercollegiate Debate Luis M. Andrade, Jon Bruschke 63. Spectrum of Interrogation: Developing a New Vocabulary for Affirmative Cases in Intercollegiate Policy Debate R. Jarrod Atchison, Edward Panetta 64. Disturbing Categorical Reason in Moral Argumentation Ryan Gillespie 65. Rethinking the History of the Japanese-U.S. Exchange Tour: Early Tours, Early Topics, and Early Traffic Brian Lain 66. Revisiting the U.S. Footprints: A Critical Exploration of Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Policy Debate in Post World War II Japan Satoru Aonuma, Junya Morooka, Kazuhiko Seno 67. What is Educational Debate for?: An Analysis of High School and College Debate in Japanese Popular Culture Noriaki Tajima 68. Shouting, Clapping, and Laughing with the Monks: Toward a Boisterous, Cosmopolitan Argumentation Pedagogy Don Waisanen