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The Art of Argument

The Guardian 16th February 2021 How to have better arguments online

Adapted from Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together’ by Ian Leslie

Illustration by Christophe Gowans

‘The troubled times we live in, and the rise of social media, have created an age of endless conflict. But rather than fearing disagreement, perhaps we need to learn to do it better.’

‘What drags participants into destructive conflict is usually a struggle over who they are.’

‘Disagreeing well is difficult and stressful for most.’

‘How powerful a person or group feels, alters how they negotiate.’