On the Heels of the Fiscal Cliff Fight, Communication Experts Talk About the Renewal of Civility in Public and Personal Discussion
Source Newsroom: National Communication Association
Newswise — Washington, DC (January 23, 2013) —Congress’ fight over the fiscal cliff appears to have fueled the growing disdain for “all things Washington” felt by many Americans. The apparent lack of civility demonstrated by many Members of Congress has left citizens wondering whether elected officials have completely lost their ability to argue constructively toward effective compromise. And, the onslaught of disparaging comments from both sides of the aisle as Congress moves into the next round of fiscal talks may mean more of the same over the coming months.
Members of The National Communication Association who study interpersonal communication and political communication can provide insight into the following issues:
•What are some of the factors that have led to a perceived decline in civility?
•How can people manage heated discussions with family, friends, or coworkers?
•What can lawmakers do to increase civility?
Martín Carcasson, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University
Dr. Carcasson’s interests are focused on rhetoric and contemporary public affairs, and the interdisciplinary theory and practice of deliberative democracy and collaborative governance. He is the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, an impartial resource to the Northern Colorado community providing collaborative problem-solving processes on difficult issues.
Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D.
Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University
Dr. Fritz studies professional civility and problematic relationships in the workplace.
Andy Merolla, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies, Baldwin Wallace University
Dr. Merolla teaches conflict management, communication theory and interpersonal communication with research interests in how people maintain relationships and manage difficult relational circumstances.
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