Ideal Speech Community? Right now I’d settle for “adequate” speech community

Staged an event last night. Thought there were adults present. So we “agreed” a ‘two sentences for your questions’ thing, inspired by this.

I am a muppet. There were several disruptive children present, albeit mostly in their 50s and 60s. They were children in that they needed their ego needs met, badly, and attempted to be “parents” by telling us what was right and real.

And would they respect other people’s time by keeping their questions short? Would they respect other people’s right to ask their own questions by not being completely spherical (i.e. without a discernible point) time-hogs. Would they respect oth…

Would. They. Heck.

So, the suggestions on the table are –

Ten quid deposit for asking your question. You get all the money back if you keep it to two sentences, and you lose a quid for every sentence over the agreed two.

Duct tape.

Exclude Trotskyists, who by definition believe their own voices are worth more than anyone else’s…

Other ideas?

PS There are, of course, other ideas. Some shall be explored…

PPS Ideal Speech Community? That’d be Habermas.

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4 Responses to Ideal Speech Community? Right now I’d settle for “adequate” speech community

  1. Jonathan Atkinson says:

    This reminds me of the Riotous Assembly, we had to hold planning meetings to deal with people who turned questions into half hour lectures (without powerpoint) – and they weren’t socialists!

    In the end it came to ‘tight facilitation’ ie telling (or shouting at) people to shut up!

  2. This is why I often use an audible timer run by a dedicated timekeeper. “We want to hear from many of you, so everyone will get a maximum of X seconds. 30 seconds before your time is up you’ll hear . When your time is up you’ll hear . And should you keep going, after 20 seconds you’ll hear .”

    It works. The klaxon is hardly ever heard. Set a clear ground rule and most people will comply. It’s obvious if someone hogs and people will support you asking the person to stop.

    • Let’s try that again. The commenting system ate the angle brackets I typed in the comment above, together with everything between them. Let’s try with square brackets.

      This is why I often use an audible timer run by a dedicated timekeeper. “We want to hear from many of you, so everyone will get a maximum of X seconds. 30 seconds before your time is up you’ll hear [reminder sound]. When your time is up you’ll hear [time's up sound]. And should you keep going, after 20 seconds you’ll hear [klaxon sound].”

      It works. The klaxon is hardly ever heard. Set a clear ground rule and most people will comply. It’s obvious if someone hogs and people will support you asking the person to stop.

  3. leavergirl says:

    Yeah, I like Adrian’s system. Pulling quids outa people could prove awkward. :-P

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