1st Edition

Networking Argument

Edited By Carol Winkler Copyright 2020
    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    574 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume presents selected works from the 20th Biennial Alta Argumentation Conference, sponsored by the National Communication Association and the American Forensics Association and held in 2017. The conference brought together scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America to engage in intensive conversations about how argument functions in our increasingly networked society.

    The essays discuss four aspects of networked argument. Some examine arguments occurring in online networks, seeking to both understand and respond more effectively to the acute changes underway in the information age. Others focus on offline networks to identify historical and contemporary resources available to advocates in the modern day. Still others discuss the value-added of including argumentation scholars on interdisciplinary research teams analyzing a diverse range of subjects, including science, education, health, law, economics, history, security, and media. Finally, the remainder network argumentation theories explore how the interactions between and among existing theories offer fruitful ground for new insights for the field of argumentation studies.

    The wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches employed in Networking Argument make this volume a unique compilation of perspectives for understanding urgent and sustaining issues facing our society.

    Keynote Address

    1. Disavowing Networks, Affirming Networks: Neoliberalism and Its Challenge to Democratic Deliberation

    Robert Asen

    Spotlighted Theories and Practices of Networking Argument

    2. Substance: An Exploration of the State of Argument in the Post-Fact Era

    James F. Klumpp

    3. Ideology, Argument, and the Post-Truth Panic

    Dana L. Cloud

    4. A Materialist Perspective on Argument Networks as Contentious Politics

    Ronald Walter Greene

    5. More Disingenuous Controversy: Hashtags, Chants, and an Election

    John Fritch and Catherine Helen Palczewski

    6. How Technoliberals Argue

    Damien Smith Pfister

    7. Network Matters: Black Lives and Blue Lives Advocacy in On and Offline Settings

    Maegan Parker Brooks

    8. Networked Public Argument as Terrain for Statecraft

    Craig Hayden

    Strategic Use of Definition in Networked Argument

    9. Ideological Conservatism vs. Faux Populism in Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

    David Zarefsky

    10. Populists Argue, but Populism Is Not an Argumentation (And Why the Distinction Matters for Argumentation Theory)

    David M. Cheshier

    11. Contrasting Ideological Networks: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump

    Robert C. Rowland

    12. The Cyber Imperative: Ligatures as Ordering Devices

    Ilon Lauer

    13. The Agentic Earth Topos: Figuring a Violent Earth at the End of the Anthropocene

    Joshua P. Ewalt

    14. What Makes a Woman a Woman? The I.O.C.’s Deliberation over Sex in International Sport

    Jaclyn Nolan

    15. The Discursive Construction of the Anti-Nuclear Activist

    Ian Summers, Alley Agee, Monica Renae Scott, and Danielle Endres

    16. The Visible and the Invisible: Arguing about Threats to Loyalty in the Internet Age

    Adam Blood and Ronald Lee

    17. When Do Perpetrators Count: A Longitudinal Analysis of News Definitions of Deceased Mass Shooters

    Dakota Park-Ozee and Jason Jordan

    18. Defining "Birth Rape": Networked Argument Resources for Mothers’ Advocacy

    Beth L. Boser

    19. When They Found Her: Networked Argument and Contested Memory

    Sarah T. Partlow Lefevre

    Strategic Use of Association and Dissociation in Networked Argument

    20. Reading Freaks: Trump in an Analogical Hermeneutic Network

    Angela G. Ray and Robert Elliot Mills

    21. Petitioning a Mormon God: Analogical Argument as a Means of Revelation in

    the Ordain Women Movement

    Brian Heslop

    22. Extinguished Dissent: Norman Morrison’s Self-immolation as Argument by Sacrifice

    Meredith Neville-Shepard

    23. Timescape 9/11: Networked Memories

    Jeremy David Johnson

    24. Analogy and Argument in the Rhetoric of Science

    Jay Frank

    25. Specification, Dissociation, and Voting Rights in the United States

    James Jasinski

    26. Hispanic Politicians on the Rise: Argumentation Strategies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

    Ann E. Burnette and Wayne L. Kraemer

    27. Escaping the "Broken Middle": Establishing Argumentative Presence within Association and Disassociation

    Aaron Dicker

    28. Challenges of Networked Circulation within Advocacy Campaigns

    Ruth J. Beerman

    29. Accumulating Affect and Visual Argument: The Case of the 2015 Japanese Hostage Crisis

    Naoki Kambe

    30. Analyzing Public Diplomacy for Japan-U.S. Reconciliation

    Hiroko Okuda

    Strategic Use of Authority in Networked Arguments

    31. Challenging a Culture of Secrecy: Investigating the Emergence of Antenarrative Storytelling in Community Responses to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

    R. Brandon Anderson

    32. The Visual Depiction of Statehood in Daesh’s Dabiq Magazine and al-Naba’ Newsletter

    Kareem El Damanhoury

    33. Networked Argumentation via Collective Rhetorics at the Women’s March on the Utah State Capitol and the Women’s March on Washington

    Alley Agee, Dakota Park-Ozee, and Allison Blumling

    34. Climate Change Argumentation: Subnational Networks, Interest Convergence, and Multiple Publics

    William Mosley-Jensen

    35. Networking, Circulation, and Publicity of Climate Change Discourses and Arguments: An Examination of Leonardo Dicaprio’s Climate Change Advocacy

    Andrew J. Hart

    36. Arguments for Women’s Banks and the Possibilities and Limits of Corporate Structural Mimesis as Private-Public Argument Networks

    David B. Hingstman

    37. Administrative Arguments and Network Governance: The Case of Women’s Health

    Zornitsa Keremidchieva

    38. Networks of Violence: Converging Representations of the Eric Garner Lynching

    Samuel P. Perry

    39. Performing Hegemonic Masculinity: Trump’s Framing of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Heidi Hamilton

    40. Argument and the Foundations of Social Networks: Affective Argument and Popular American History

    Michael Janas

    41. Data Cannot Speak for Themselves: Unreasonable Claims within the Big Social Data Community

    Candice L. Lanius

    42. Scientific Argument Networks and the Polytechtonic Art of Rhetoric

    L. Paul Strait

    Argument Circulation in Online Networks

    43. Arguments of a New Virtual Religion: How Athenism "Clicks" New Members and Reimagines the Mind-Body Dualism

    Emma Frances Bloomfield

    44. "Nasty Women": "Dialectical Controversy," Argumentum Ad Personam, and Aggressive Rebuttals

    G. Thomas Goodnight

    45. The Rage Network: Form, Affective Arguments, and Toxic Masculinity in Digital Space

    Casey Ryan Kelly

    46. Polemic Platforms and the "Woman Card": Trumping Truth with Enthymemes in the Twitterverse

    Joan Faber McAlister

    47. Following Affective Winds Over Panmediated Networks: Image-Drive Activism in Chengdu, China

    Elizabeth Brunner

    48. Je (Ne) Suis…: Exploring the Performative Contradiction in Anti-Clicktivism Arguments

    Aaron Hess

    49. Memes as Commonplace: Ted Cruz, Serial Killers, and the Making of Networked Multitudes

    Jonathan S. Carter

    50. Critical Deliberation Under Fire: Milblogging, Free Speech, and the "Soldiers’ Protocol to Enable Active Communication Act"

    Michael K. Middleton and Kevin A. Johnson

    51. Embedded Argumentation in Digital Media Networks: On "Native" Advertising

    Seth Fendley

    52. Too Srat to Care: Participatory Culture and the Information Economy of Total Sorority Move

    Amber Davisson and Kelsey Jackson

    53. Social Physics and the Moral Economy of Spreadable Media: An Integrated Model for Communication Networking

    Zachary Sheldon

    Argument Circulation in Offline Networks

    54. Networks of Argument and Relationality in the Contemporary Use of Auschwitz Numbers in the New England Holocaust Memorial

    Linda Diane Horwitz and Daniel C. Brouwer

    55. Networked Reconciliation

    Tyler Hiebert, Randall A. Lake, and Chris Robbins

    56. To Tell Our Own Truths: Settler Postcolonialism as an Antecedent to Native American Argumentation Studies

    Margret McCue-Enser

    57. Rhetorical Rumors: Hauntology in International Feminicidio Discourse

    José Ángel Maldonado

    58. Networked Memories: Remembering Barbara Jordan in 21st Century Immigration Debates

    Carly S. Woods

    59. Remembering Roosevelt: Arguing for Memory Through Public and Private Networks

    Chandra A. Maldonado

    60. Appearance Trumps Substance: The Enduring Legacy of the Great Debate of September 26, 1960

    Sara A. Mehltretter Drury and Dale A. Herbeck

    61. "Morning in America": Ronald Reagan’s Legacy of Population as Argument

    Paul Elliott Johnson

    62. Networking Legal Arguments: Prudential Accommodation in National Federation v. Sebelius

    M. Kelly Carr

    Evaluating Argumentation Networks

    63. Rising to the Defense of Ad Hominem Arguments

    David Cratis Williams and Dale Hample

    64. The Fallacy of Sweeping Generalization

    David Botting

    65. Exhortation in Interpersonal Discussion

    Susan L. Kline

    66. Writing about Serial Arguments: The Effects of Manipulating Argument Perspective

    Amy Janan Johnson, Ioana A. Cionea, Eryn N. Bostwick, Megan A. Bassick,

    and Nathan J. Lindsey

    67. Argumentativeness and Verbal Aggressiveness Are Two Things Apiece

    Dale Hample

    68. Is Fact-checking Biased? A Computerized Content Analysis

    Jeffrey W. Jarman

    69. Building Arguments and Attending to Face in Small Claims Court: Distinctive Features of the Genre

    Karen Tracy

    70. Argumentation as a Practical Discipline

    Robert T. Craig

    71. Networks, Norms, and the Problem of Capable Arguers

    Timothy Barouch

    72. The Micropolitics of Control: Fascism, Desire, and Argument in President Trump’s America

    George F. (Guy) McHendry, Jr. and Nicholas S. Paliewicz

    Evaluating Debating Networks

    73. Networking Debate and Civic Engagement: Measuring the Impact of High School Debate Camps

    Brian Lain and Karen Anderson-Lain

    74. Designing Public Debates to Facilitate Dynamic Updating in a Network Society

    Justin Eckstein and Gordon R. Mitchell

    75. Community-Based Participatory Debate: A Synthesis of Debate Pedagogy, Practice, and Research

    John J. Rief and Rachel Wilson

    76. Text, Talk, Argue: How to Improve Text-Driven Political Conversations

    Don Waisanen, Allison Hahn, and Eric Gander

    77. Gender Diversity in Debate in Japan: An Examination of Debate Competitions at the Secondary and Tertiary Levels

    Junya Morooka

    78. Conceptualizing Academic Debate in Japan: A Study of Judging Philosophy Statements

    Kaori Miyawaki and Katsuya Koresawa

    79. Big in Japan?: A Note on the Japanese Reception of American Policy Debate

    Satoru Aonuma and Kazuhiko Seno

    80. Evolutions and Devolutions in Practice: Theory Arguments in Recent English-speaking College Policy Debate in Japan

    Noriaki Tajima

    81. Notes on the Humor of Translation: American Policy Debate Theory and Comic Translations

    Brian Lain


    Carol Winkler is Professor of Communication Studies at Georgia State University, USA, where she leads the interdisciplinary Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative and is a former Associate Dean of Humanities. A former President of the American Forensics Association, she served as Principal Investigator on grants that funded urban debate programs to Atlanta and Milwaukee, including the Computer Assisted Debate Program selected as the signature school program for the 2005 White House’s Helping America’s Youth initiative. She has also served as an invited technical consultant for the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration to expand the benefits of debate to low-income communities. Her current research program focuses on presidential rhetoric, extremist discourse, and visual arguments related to terrorism. Her book, In the Name of Terrorism (2006), won the National Communication Association’s Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication, and her co-authored article on how certain visual images stand as ideological markers of the culture won that same organization’s Visual Communication Excellence in Research Award. She is currently working as co-principal investigator on a Minerva funded project, ‘Mobilizing Media’, which analyzes the media campaign of violent extremist groups in the Middle East and North Africa.