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1st Edition

Networking Argument

Edited By

Carol Winkler

ISBN 9781032084978
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.