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Rhetoric & Stereotypesphi103

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Rhetoric & Stereotypes 1 By Kimberly Morano PHI 103 Professor Johnson December 21, 2009
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Rhetoric & Stereotypes 2 There are certain stereotypes that relate to each group of people. In this case, they are: Politicians, tattooed persons, feminists, and senior citizens. Some may have a positive effect on these groups, while most will have negative and everlasting effects on them as well and not all groups will appeal to the same image to all persons in said groups. If one chooses to believe that these stereotypes are true, there will more than likely be a negative effect on these groups or individuals. Once this cycle has begun, it is very difficult to persuade people to think otherwise. On the other hand, if one chooses to disbelieve these stereotypes and listens to these groups, one will therefore be able to make their own judgment as to if these groups or individuals or both fit the stereotypes. By using emotive language and rhetoric many are able to develop stereotypes for said groups and thus making it harder to overcome these because they continue to be ignorant to the fact that they do not really know whether the stereotypes are true or not. By using their own language and rhetoric way that is used to reinforce the stereotypes of Politicians, tattooed persons, feminists, and senior citizens, one will discover that there may be some truths to these stereotypes; however there may also be some fallacies as well. Because one has a right to their own opinion, if the explanation of the stereotype to the certain group makes sense to one, one may choose to believe it is true without really knowing if it is. No matter what, stereotypes can have either a positive or negative effect on Politicians, tattooed persons, feminists, and senior citizens. When one thinks of politicians, many stereotypes come to mind. One such stereotype, by way of the personal attack hominem, is speaking negatively about their opponent to get people to believe in what the politician is saying is true in order to get more votes for him or herself. Some may even use the false dilemma fallacy to convince others to vote for them by promising, for example, to reduce the deficit during their term or lower taxes; this is also using the post hoc fallacy by stating if you vote for me, in turn, this will happen.
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