This edited volume presents selected works from the 20th Biennial Alta Argumentation Conference, sponsored by the National Communication Association and the American Forensics Association and held in 2017. The conference brought together scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America to engage in intensive conversations about how argument functions in our increasingly networked society.

The essays discuss four aspects of networked argument. Some examine arguments occurring in online networks, seeking to both understand and respond more effectively to the acute changes underway in the information age. Others focus on offline networks to identify historical and contemporary resources available to advocates in the modern day. Still others discuss the value-added of including argumentation scholars on interdisciplinary research teams analyzing a diverse range of subjects, including science, education, health, law, economics, history, security, and media. Finally, the remainder network argumentation theories explore how the interactions between and among existing theories offer fruitful ground for new insights for the field of argumentation studies.

The wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches employed in Networking Argument make this volume a unique compilation of perspectives for understanding urgent and sustaining issues facing our society.

chapter |6 pages

Networking Argument

An Introduction

part |2 pages

Keynote Address

chapter 1|14 pages

Disavowing networks, affirming networks

9Neoliberalism and Its Challenge to Democratic Deliberation

part I|2 pages

Spotlighted Theories and Practices of Networking Argument

chapter 2|6 pages


25An Exploration of the State of Argument in the Post-Fact Era

chapter 5|8 pages

More Disingenuous Controversy

Hashtags, Chants, and an Election

chapter 6|8 pages

How Technoliberals Argue

chapter 7|6 pages

Network Matters

Black Lives and Blue Lives Advocacy in On and Offline Settings

part II|2 pages

Strategic Use of Definition in Networked Argument

chapter 11|7 pages

Contrasting Ideological Networks

Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump

chapter 12|7 pages

The Cyber Imperative

Ligatures as Ordering Devices

chapter 13|6 pages

The Agentic Earth Topos

Figuring a Violent Earth at the End of the Anthropocene

chapter 14|6 pages

What Makes a Woman a Woman?

The I.O.C.’s Deliberation over Sex in International Sport

chapter 16|6 pages

The Visible and the Invisible

Arguing about Threats to Loyalty in the Internet Age

chapter 17|6 pages

When Do Perpetrators Count

A Longitudinal Analysis of News Definitions of Deceased Mass Shooters

chapter 18|7 pages

Defining “Birth Rape”

Networked Argument Resources for Mothers’ Advocacy

chapter 19|6 pages

When They Found Her

Networked Argument and Contested Memory

part III|2 pages

Strategic Use of Association and Dissociation in Networked Argument

chapter 20|6 pages

Reading Freaks

149Trump in an Analogical Hermeneutic Network

chapter 21|6 pages

Petitioning a Mormon God

Analogical Argument as a Means of Revelation in the Ordain Women Movement

chapter 22|6 pages

Extinguished Dissent

Norman Morrison’s Self-immolation as Argument by Sacrifice

chapter 23|6 pages

Timescape 9/11

Networked Memories

chapter 26|6 pages

Hispanic Politicians on the Rise

Argumentation Strategies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio

chapter 27|5 pages

Escaping the “Broken Middle”

Establishing Argumentative Presence within Association and Disassociation

chapter 29|6 pages

Accumulating Affect and Visual Argument

The Case of the 2015 Japanese Hostage Crisis

part IV|2 pages

Strategic Use of Authority in Networked Arguments

chapter 31|7 pages

Challenging a Culture of Secrecy

217Investigating the Emergence of Antenarrative Storytelling in Community Responses to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

chapter 34|7 pages

Climate Change Argumentation

Subnational Networks, Interest Convergence, and Multiple Publics

chapter 35|6 pages

Networking, Circulation, and Publicity of Climate Change Discourses and Arguments

An Examination of Leonardo Dicaprio’s Climate Change Advocacy

chapter 37|6 pages

Administrative Arguments and Network Governance

The Case of Women’s Health

chapter 38|6 pages

Networks of Violence

Converging Representations of the Eric Garner Lynching

chapter 39|6 pages

Performing Hegemonic Masculinity

Trump’s Framing of U.S. Foreign Policy

chapter 40|6 pages

Argument and the Foundations of Social Networks

Affective Argument and Popular American History

chapter 41|7 pages

Data Cannot Speak for Themselves

Unreasonable Claims within the Big Social Data Community

part V|2 pages

Argument Circulation in Online Networks

chapter 43|6 pages

Arguments of a New Virtual Religion

295How Athenism “Clicks” New Members and Reimagines the Mind-Body Dualism

chapter 44|7 pages

“Nasty Women”

“Dialectical Controversy,” Argumentum Ad Personam, and Aggressive Rebuttals

chapter 45|6 pages

The Rage Network

Form, Affective Arguments, and Toxic Masculinity in Digital Space

chapter 46|7 pages

Polemic platforms and the “woman card”

Trumping Truth with Enthymemes in the Twitterverse

chapter 47|7 pages

Following affective winds over panmediated networks

Image-Drive Activism in Chengdu, China

chapter 48|7 pages

Je (Ne) Suis…

Exploring the Performative Contradiction in Anti-Clicktivism Arguments

chapter 49|8 pages

Memes as commonplace

Ted Cruz, Serial Killers, and the Making of Networked Multitudes

chapter 50|6 pages

Critical deliberation under fire

Milblogging, Free Speech, and the “Soldiers’ Protocol to Enable Active Communication Act”

chapter 51|6 pages

Embedded argumentation in digital media networks

On “Native” Advertising

chapter 52|7 pages

Too Srat to Care

Participatory Culture and the Information Economy of Total Sorority Move

chapter 53|7 pages

Social physics and the moral economy of spreadable media

An Integrated Model for Communication Networking

part VI|2 pages

Argument Circulation in Offline Networks

chapter 56|5 pages

To tell our own truths

Settler Postcolonialism as an Antecedent to Native American Argumentation Studies

chapter 57|6 pages

Rhetorical rumors

Hauntology in International Feminicidio Discourse

chapter 58|6 pages

Networked Memories

Remembering Barbara Jordan in 21st Century Immigration Debates

chapter 59|6 pages

Remembering roosevelt

Arguing for Memory Through Public and Private Networks

chapter 60|6 pages

Appearance trumps substance

The Enduring Legacy of the Great Debate of September 26, 1960

chapter 61|6 pages

“Morning in America”

Ronald Reagan’s Legacy of Population as Argument

chapter 62|7 pages

Networking legal arguments

Prudential Accommodation in National Federation v. Sebelius

part VII|2 pages

Evaluating Argumentation Networks

chapter 69|6 pages

Building Arguments and Attending to Face in Small Claims Court

Distinctive Features of the Genre

chapter 72|7 pages

The Micropolitics of Control

Fascism, Desire, and Argument in President Trump’s America

part VIII|2 pages

Evaluating Debating Networks

chapter 73|6 pages

Networking Debate and Civic Engagement

492Measuring the Impact of High School Debate Camps

chapter 75|6 pages

Community-Based Participatory Debate

A Synthesis of Debate Pedagogy, Practice, and Research

chapter 76|6 pages

Text, Talk, Argue

How to Improve Text-Driven Political Conversations

chapter 77|8 pages

Gender Diversity in Debate in Japan

An Examination of Debate Competitions at the Secondary and Tertiary Levels

chapter 78|7 pages

Conceptualizing Academic Debate in Japan

A Study of Judging Philosophy Statements

chapter 79|7 pages

Big in Japan?

A Note on the Japanese Reception of American Policy Debate

chapter 80|6 pages

Evolutions and Devolutions in Practice

Theory Arguments in Recent English-speaking College Policy Debate in Japan

chapter 81|4 pages

Notes on the Humor of Translation

American Policy Debate Theory and Comic Translations