On the Subject

In the April 24, 2017 opinion pages of the New York Times there was an article entitled What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech. In that article we read:

“During the 1980s and ’90s, a shift occurred in American culture; personal experience and testimony, especially of suffering and oppression, began to challenge the primacy of argument. Freedom of expression became a flash point in this shift. Then as now, both liberals and conservatives were wary of the privileging of personal experience, with its powerful emotional impact, over reason and argument, which some fear will bring an end to civilization, or at least to freedom of speech.”

COMMENT: The NYT article indicated there is a dichotomy (a strong and strict dichotomy) between personal stories and reason. But certainly personal experience and story can be ‘reasonable’? And ‘reason’ can certainly be captured and communicated via story.