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images to distract
readers and listeners
from relevant reasons
and evidence. “These owners have no right to get rich on the
broken backs of their workers!”
broken “Think of the children! If you don’t support
this strike, you are only hurting children who
are our future!” “We’re being held hostage here by this union,
orchestrated by their very own Hitler!”
orchestrated Straw Man
Straw Distorting our
opponent’s point of
view so that it is easy to
attack; thus we attack a
point of view that does
not truly exist. “Can you please reorganize the interview schedule?”
“What? Again? Do I have to do it every blasted day?” “I’m a very controversial figure to the animal rights
movement. They no doubt view me with some
measure of hostility because I am constantly
challenging their fundamental premise that animals
are superior to human beings.”
- Rush Limbaugh
Rush False Dilemma
False Assuming only two
alternatives when there
are more than two.
are “Look Dave, either we get more training for this
department or t...
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2014 for the course COHR 302 taught by Professor Sandrarobinson during the Fall '09 term at University of British Columbia.
- Fall '09