Kevin DeYoung believes we are living in an age of weak and irrational discourse. At www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2009/5/defining-discourse-down, he analyzes the state of discourse in our society and offers good advice to improve it. Here is an excerpt:
"So what's the problem? It's not that we are all suddenly morons. This is not going to be some elitist rant on 'if only everyone could be smart like me and my friends.' Likewise, the problem is not the banality of the world around us. There is plenty to discuss, dissect, and disagree on. The problem is not even that television has robbed us of the ability to communicate in complete sentences (although it certainly hasn't helped). The problem with our discourse--are you ready for this brilliant insight?--is that some people are jerks and some people are too nice."