“Why do people even bother to argue about who’s the greatest director in the history of the movies? Anyone
who won’t admit that Stephen Spielberg is the best movie maker of all time is an idiot who knows nothing about the film industry. Six of Spielberg’s movies have been the top domestic box-office grossers in their respective years—that’s more than any other director ever, which proves that Spielberg is an entertainment genius who’s far more talented than rivals like George Lucas or James Cameron. My cousin Vinnie, who sees more movies than anyone I know, agrees that Spielberg must be the best because his stuff is the most enjoyable. Plus, in ‘Jaws’ Spielberg came up with that incredible mechanical shark named Bruce that really worked in salt water, not just some bogus CGI effect—I bet Cecil B. DeMille couldn’t have pulled that off! Sure, there may be some ‘artsy’ directors out there like Woody Allen or Francoise Truffaut; but nobody likes movies that make you think or have subtitles. Also, those movies don’t have cool special effects and hardly any explosions either. Nobody wants to pay $8 to see some movie about the stupid lives of real people. Anytime Spielberg’s name is on a movie it’s going to be great, with cool special effects and fantastic adventure—so whenever he comes out with a new project we should just engrave his name on an Oscar and save everyone all the trouble of voting.” 1. What are the issue and conclusion? 2. Identify at least three reasoning fallacies, by name, and explain why they are fallacies in this argument. 3. Identify a value assumption in the argument.
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