How to disagree

Graham's Pyramid

(Via TPM Cafe) Web guru Paul Graham asks, What does it mean to disagree well

there's a lot more disagreeing going on, especially measured by the word. That doesn't mean people are getting angrier. The structural change in the way we communicate is enough to account for it. But though it's not anger that's driving the increase in disagreement, there's a danger that the increase in disagreement will make people angrier. Particularly online, where it's easy to say things you'd never say face to face.

If we're all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well. What does it mean to disagree well? Most readers can tell the difference between mere name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but I think it would help to put names on the intermediate stages

Thus, his suggestion: an hierarchy of disagreement. Loudacris at CreateDebate turned Graham's thoughts into a compelling graphic


Filed under Readings in Media, Readings in Politics, Spiral Notebook

2 responses to “How to disagree

  1. I’ve also encountered this in the past month littered somewhere across the web. I think it is a good “hierarchy” of ways to argue assuming, of course, that there is a disagreement, or that a “blog post” is worth disagreeing.

    Or to be dignified with a comment at the least.

  2. Thanks for this, John. I’ve reposted it in my blog.

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