How to Disagree Civilly

Posted: January 15, 2014

I wrote a post today for the Kolbe Academy blog on “How to Disagree Civilly” and the importance of tone in written communication. victorianWe live in a digital world where so much of our communication is happening through writing. With so many social networks and online classes, with so many opportunities to converse and debate with a wide range of people, it seems we should be ushering in a new era in which the exchange of ideas is encouraged and appreciated more than ever! Unfortunately, potentially productive debates and disagreements, especially when they happen in online forums, on comments boards, or through email, quickly devolve into petty squabbles and pseudo-intellectual jousting matches, leading to contentiousness, hostility, dismissiveness, and derision. This article includes some helpful tips on how to maintain a tone of civility in your written words in this world of digital discourse!

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