The Tone And Argument Police Have No Idea



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Geoffrey has here engaged in tone and argument policing to show that tone and argument policing are wrong. Ironic.

Drew McIntyre more than 2 years ago

The Last Word

"I know you are but what am I?" is not an argument. In fact, my point is that tone policing in general is both impossible and irrelevant on the internet. More voices, more voices willing to be loud, to dispense with niceties and propriety. I have no problem with people who prefer dignified conversation; I wish there was more of it. My point is the Internet is not a medium where that is possible, unless moderation and standards are upheld continuously, judiciously, and fairly. Most places on the internet have found this far too time-consuming and resource consuming. I firmly believe, also, that the demand that others follow particular codes of tone and argument that those persons themselves adhere to is a way to control the debate. I have made that abundantly clear, which is why I refuse to do so. Furthermore, it is unnecessary. If you actually read my post, you'd note that our discussions have been civil if heated, while creating the sideshow of tone-discussion rather than the real topic at hand - the future of the United Methodist Church. Which is why this is my last comment on the subject.

Geoffrey more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes

"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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