Argumentation and Advocacy

This publication provides research and articles on argumentation studies, including contemporary or historical argumentation theory, informal logic, pragma-dialectics, interpersonal arguing, culture and argument, public and political/legal argument and forensics and pedagogy.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, Summer

A Vocabulary of Dis-Ease: Argumentation, Hot Zones, and the Intertextuality of Bioterrorism
"[A]s nothing exists outside the text, there is never a whole of the text." --Roland Barthes On February 19, 2010, the FBI closed its investigation into the 2001 anthrax mail attacks, concluding on the basis of an array of circumstantial evidence...
Democratic Prudence and the Youth Suffrage Debate
The 1968 film Wild in the Streets depicted a dystopian future in which youth were extended the right to vote at age fourteen. With their newfound political power (and a little LSD hidden in Washington, D.C.'s drinking supply), they forced through a...
Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era
Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era. By Jonathan Gray,Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson, New York: NYU Press, 2009. pp. 288. There can be little doubt that satire has become a popular and profitable form of television content...
The Climate Change Controversy: A Technical Debate in the Public Sphere
The Climate Change Controversy: A Technical Debate in the Public Sphere. By William Mosley-Jensen. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller GmbH & Co. KG, 2011. pp. 100. The Climate Change Controversy is an insightful investigation into the...
Women Will Get Cancer: Visual and Verbal Presence (and Absence) in a Pharmaceutical Advertising Campaign about HPV
At the start of a video that aired repeatedly in the spring of 2006 across major U.S. television channels and online, a woman exclaims, "I don't know why people don't know about this. I don't know why I didn't know." A minute later the video ends by...