Loading, please wait...

product description page

I'm Right, and You're an Idiot : The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up (Paperback)

I'm Right, and You're an Idiot : The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up (Paperback) - image 1 of 1

About this item

The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems.

In Speak the Truth, but Not to Punish, author and David Suzuki Foundation chair James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalaya to the House of Lords. Drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, his comprehensive analysis explores:

How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue Why facts alone fail the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissentThe importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Our species' greatest survival strategy has always been foresight and the ability to leverage our intelligence to overcome adversity. For too long now this capacity has been threatened by the sorry state of our public discourse. Focusing on proven techniques to foster more powerful and effective communication, Speak the Truth, but Not to Punishwill appeal to readers looking for both deep insights and practical advice.

James Hoggan is president of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates, chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board, and founder of the influential websiteDeSmogBlog. He is author of Climate Cover-Up and Do the Right Thing.

Number of Pages: 249
Genre: Social Science, Psychology, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Social Psychology, Civics + Citizenship, Essays
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: James Hoggan
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2016
TCIN: 50645943
UPC: 9780865718173
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-0252
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
MSRPReg: $19.95 Save $6.39 (32% off)
In stock - free standard shipping with REDcard
Not in stores

Ratings & reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.

*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.