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63: How to have an argument

EPISODE: 63

How to have an argument

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

Megan and Michael investigate the key theme of their podcast: how to carry out an argument in a contentious age ‘with all due respect’.

As the ancient saying goes, you can’t go to bed if someone is wrong on the internet.

Social media can involve a lot of different communication types but it certainly does seem to have a lot of scope for arguing. In fact, it seems that one of social media’s key contributions is polarisation and pitched debate.

Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen discuss how this has ramped up over COVID – the virus situation is ever-changing and the stakes as we respond to it are high. It seems like it would be a good time to know how to argue well and persuasively.

The WADR team looks at the ‘how to’ of arguing. Then they move that into the deeper question over whether argument can ever be holy. And finally, a review of a new series set in one of today’s battlegrounds – academia.

WHAT IS WITH ALL DUE RESPECT?

Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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