Thoughtful discourse

Im sur tht u can rd ths prbly becs u r mor acostm 2 spking thn 2 wrtng bt I wld prbly hav sum trbl mkg my pont if I cont vry lng in ths styl of dscorse.

Spoken discourse and written discourse are very different
The above garbled text illustrates this fact very well. Children learn to speak long before they learn how to write. It is easier to mimic sounds than it is to learn how to spell words. It is easier to shout louder than it is to secure one’s attention by a clear authoritative order. Every beginning student of journalism is taught the difference between an acceptable report of a new’s worthy event and an editorial opinion regarding something that happened, and the different statements are usually displayed differently in reliable printed news media. Written discourse requires more work and thought in order to be clear and positively received than spoken discourse.

Problems in current styles of discourse
A fact should usually be accepted as something that is true and reliable. A lie is a statement that is not true. Mistakes in factual details regarding something that is reported should be recognized as just that, mistakes, that are probably due to sloppy research or sloppy discourse. Fake news is really expressions of opinion and not reliable reports of anything that can be depended upon. Interviews with eye witnesses should be recognized as “hear say” and not as “evidence”. Protests should be recognized as expressions of anger and not as positive expressions of solutions to any problems. Talk of “impeaching Trump” should be recognized as no more thoughtful or helpful than talk of calling someone to fix your computer with a hammer. Tweeting in statements of 140 characters or even 280 characters should not be recognized as being “thoughtful discourse” like a factual statement of logical announcement or appeal. Filibusters in Congress (or other legislative body) should not be recognized as having any value in contrast to thoughtful debates regarding proposed legislative bills to solve real existing problems in anyone’s civic operations. Duly authorized decisions should have more authority than statements of blame for failed efforts to influence others.

Time for thoughtful discourse
It is apparent to many that it is time for our politicians, and probably for the American people, to stop “shouting” at each other about what is “wrong” in America and begin to engage in some “thoughtful discourse” that is articulate enough and logically strong enough to get a sufficient majority of people to agree to work together to fix our serious civic problems. Well written sentences of subjects and verbs that are clearly organized into concise paragraphs and summarized in good logical conclusions are very beneficial statements of thoughtful discourse that in many ways are much more beneficial than most of the style of discourse that are filling our major platforms for communication today. Let’s talk about this.

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