Jorge: You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s, since you were just an infant then. Rock music of the 1960s was created by and for people who were then in
their teens and early twenties.
Ruth: Your reasoning is absurd. There are living writers who write well about ancient Roman culture, even though those writers are obviously not a part of ancient Roman culture. Why should my youth alone prevent me from writing well about the music of a period as recent as the 1960s?
Ruth responds to Jorge’s criticism by
a) challenging his claim that she was not in her teens or early twenties during the 1960s
b) clarifying a definition of popular culture that is left implicit in Jorge’s argument
c) using the example of classical culture in order to legitimize contemporary culture as an object worthy of serious consideration
d) offering an analogy to counter an unstated assumption of Jorge’s argument
e) casting doubt on her opponent’s qualification to make judgments about popular culture
Source: Powerscore CR
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