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What would life be like if no one acknowledged your existence? The question confronts one with the possibility of being isolated, marginalized, ignored, and forgotten by others. The unacknowledged find themselves in an out-of-the-way place where it is hard or human beings, given their social instinct, to feel at home. The suffering that can accompany this way of being-in-the-world is known to bring about fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, and sometimes even death in the form of suicide or retaliation against those who are rightly or wrongly accused of making one's life so lonely, miserable, and unbearable. Acknowledgment provides an opening out of such a distressful situation, for the act of acknowledging is a communicative and rhetorical behavior that grants attention to others and thereby makes room for them in our lives. With this added living space comes the opportunity for a new beginning, a second chance whereby one might improve his or her lot in life. There is hope to be found with this transformation space and time as people of conscience opt to go out of their way to make us feel wanted and needed, to praise our presence and actions, and thus to acknowledge the worthiness of our existence. Offering positive acknowledgement is a moral thing to do.
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Michael J. Hyde is the University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, Department of Communication, Wake Forest University. He has taught at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and at Northwestern University and has served as a consultant to private industry, universities and colleges, management organizations, national publishing houses, the Humane Society of The United States, and the American Medical Association.Review:
The volume draws together works by accomplished thinkers each working with one of the 20th centurys most important philosophers. Insights and challenges are provided, enriching the study and discussion of both the theory and practice of communication. Stanley Deetz, NCA Distinguished Scholar, University of Colorado Boulder [A] brilliant exploration of the life-giving force behind the very act of acknowledging another human being. This book has much to say to philosophers, rhetoricians, and ethicists. The depth of scholarship is exceeded only by the wealth of case studies from life and literature. Roy V. Wood, Professor in Human Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Civic Ethics, University of Denver [I]n taking up an essential gesture of humanity acknowledgement and elaborating it by recourse to films, novels, poetry, philosophy, religion, science, and social controversy Hyde never loses sight of his purpose, to understand and affirm the moral-ontological-rhetorical gift of acknowledging another. The book is courageous because it takes up such emotionally difficult issues as the symbolism of the confederate flag, what it meant to be heroic after September 11, 2001, and the ethical character of life in a world of computer technology. Carole Blair, Professor of Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hyde takes us into the world of everyday-being-with-others to demonstrate that it does not have to be mundane. The book has great potential for healing us all. Craig R. Smith, Professor of Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach
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