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ERIC Number: ED437681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Fear and Loathing in Forensics: The View from Postmodern Suburbia.
Murphy, B. Keith
This report attempts to construct a postmodern framework to provide for an analysis of Intercollegiate Forensics. It isolates the major theoretical constructs of postmodernism, applies them to Intercollegiate Forensics, and draws conclusions. The paper maintains that linguistic-based postmodernism consists of four theoretical areas: (1) information economy, or knowledge as commodity and ongoing process, rather than a finite search for truth; (2) digitally as metanarrative, or mass media's role in constructing reality and hyper-reality; (3) power, knowledge, and language, or the role of language in creation and perpetuation of power; and (4) decentering (deconstruction), or empowerment by removal of the false center from language. Each of these four threads is applied to forensic debate in the hopes of gaining pedagogic insights. Findings imply that a sound argument is not necessarily based on amount of supporting data, that the visuality and immediacy of online information is a detriment to liveliness of debate, that language empowerment also implies power loss, and that debate gives voice to groups which would otherwise be marginalized. It concludes that more attention should be given to training students in the use of language as creator of social power. (Contains 12 references and 3 notes.) (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A