Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 01 Oct 2014, 20:51

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Sociologist: The intended function of news is to give us

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 14 Jul 2004
Posts: 700
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Sociologist: The intended function of news is to give us [#permalink] New post 18 May 2005, 18:39
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 0 sessions
Sociologist: The intended function of news is to give us information on which to act. But in a consumer society, news becomes a product to be manufactured and dispensed to the consumer. An enormous industry for the production and consumption of news has evolved, and we ingest news with an insatiable appetite. Under such circumstances, news is primarily entertaining and cannot, therefore, serve its intended function.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the sociologist's arugment depends?

A) News that serves its intended funciton should not be entertaining.
B) Most viewers perfer that news be entertaining
C) News has only one important function
D) News that primarily entertains does not give us information on which to act.
E) A news industry that aims to make a profit inevitably presents news as entertainment.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2005
Posts: 48
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2005, 19:06
D?
_________________

krish

Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 27 Jul 2004
Posts: 85
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 07:06
D
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 05 Jan 2005
Posts: 561
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 07:43
I'll take (A). It seems to hurt the argument (esp. the conclusion) more when negated.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Posts: 331
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 07:59
I would take D over A. What is the OA?

The conculsion states that news is primarily entertaining and cannot, therefore, serve its intended function. If it does not serve its intended function, he is assuming that it does not provide information to act. From the question stem it does not look he assumes the other way around.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 274
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 08:04
"D"
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 101
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 23:16
One more D
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 04 Apr 2005
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2005, 23:24
Conclusion : Entertaining --> not intended purpose

which also means : intended purpose --> not entertating and this will be the assumption .

hence, A.

If A --> notb
then B-->notA
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 12 Jul 2003
Posts: 198
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2005, 01:04
I was stuck between and d.This is how i did it.

Most assumption questions can be put in the form of mathematical equations.

1) Function of news=info to act
2)Entertaining=Not perform function of news

Thus if we cancel the 'function part' of both equations, we will be left with

entertaining=info to act-3

Thus the answer should have something to do with entertainment and info to act.To put it in a more accurate manner- function in equation 1 is a reverse of the function in equation 2(not perform function).

Therefore , the final equation will also be a reversal of 3 which is

entertaining= Not info to act - the same as d.

Best.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Posts: 586
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 38 [0], given: 0

My take [#permalink] New post 27 May 2005, 13:00
I think it's C because otherwise, one can argue that news can be BOTH informative AND entertaining, thus the conclusion that if it's entertaining then it's not informative would fall apart.

OA/OE please ???
SVP
SVP
User avatar
Joined: 03 Jan 2005
Posts: 2255
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 0

Re: CR - Sociologist [#permalink] New post 27 May 2005, 17:19
Principle: News should give info on which to act.
Fact: News now become a product of entertainment.
Conclusion: News does not serve its intended function of giving info on which to act.

Assumption from the fact to the conclusion: If news is entertainment, then news does not give info on which to act. (If B then not A)

D it is.

A) News that serves its intended funciton should not be entertaining.
If A then not B.
Clearly it is different from if B then not A.

B) Most viewers perfer that news be entertaining
Irrelavent.

C) News has only one important function
He doesn't need to make this assumption. Even if news can have two important functions, as long as news can't simultaneously be entertainment and information then his argument stands.

D) News that primarily entertains does not give us information on which to act.
Correct.

E) A news industry that aims to make a profit inevitably presents news as entertainment.
Don't think he talked about profit making. Out of scope.
_________________

Keep on asking, and it will be given you;
keep on seeking, and you will find;
keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.

Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 02 Feb 2004
Posts: 345
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 May 2005, 18:07
D it is
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 17 Apr 2005
Posts: 377
Location: India
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 0

Re: CR - Sociologist [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 04:32
HongHu wrote:
Principle: News should give info on which to act.
Fact: News now become a product of entertainment.
Conclusion: News does not serve its intended function of giving info on which to act.

Assumption from the fact to the conclusion: If news is entertainment, then news does not give info on which to act. (If B then not A)

D it is.

A) News that serves its intended funciton should not be entertaining.
If A then not B.
Clearly it is different from if B then not A.

B) Most viewers perfer that news be entertaining
Irrelavent.

C) News has only one important function
He doesn't need to make this assumption. Even if news can have two important functions, as long as news can't simultaneously be entertainment and information then his argument stands.

D) News that primarily entertains does not give us information on which to act.
Correct.

E) A news industry that aims to make a profit inevitably presents news as entertainment.
Don't think he talked about profit making. Out of scope.


I vote for A.

D - is an inference, when the author states that "since it is entertaining it cannot serve it's intended purpose" - we can therefore infer that ...it cannot give us information on which to act(which is earlier stated at the purpose)

A- if A were false ,then the statement , "since it is entertaining it canot serve it's intended purpose" would not hold water , (as false A - implies that entertaining news can give us info to act). Hence A is the base assumption.

HMTG.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 26 May 2005
Posts: 8
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 08:17
IMO A and D both are the restatement of stimulus. So I 'll go for C. Moreover C passes the denial test.
SVP
SVP
User avatar
Joined: 03 Jan 2005
Posts: 2255
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 0

Re: CR - Sociologist [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 13:02
HongHu wrote:

A) News that serves its intended funciton should not be entertaining.
If A then not B.
Clearly it is different from if B then not A.


Sorry, I think what I said is wrong. If A then not B IS the same as if B then not A. So yes I agree then both A and D should not be right. I'd change to C then.
_________________

Keep on asking, and it will be given you;
keep on seeking, and you will find;
keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.

Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 18 Feb 2005
Posts: 674
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

Re: CR - Sociologist [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 14:19
HongHu wrote:
HongHu wrote:

A) News that serves its intended funciton should not be entertaining.
If A then not B.
Clearly it is different from if B then not A.


Sorry, I think what I said is wrong. If A then not B IS the same as if B then not A. So yes I agree then both A and D should not be right. I'd change to C then.


Thanks HH....I was about to ask that question....C it is...Only one point would stand here
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2004
Posts: 459
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 20:52
I originally picked A, now agree C should be the answer.

A and D just repeat the stimulus.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 21 Mar 2004
Posts: 445
Location: Cary,NC
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2005, 07:35
Agreeing for C.

D repeats the stimulus.

Applying the denial test. C comes out best.

If news can have more than 1 function, entertaining news can serve the 2nd function, which will also be an intended function.

Thus the conclusion falls apart.

I was originally picking D but after reading I got influened :)
_________________

ash
________________________
I'm crossing the bridge.........

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2005
Posts: 48
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 14:34
A is a repeat of the stimulus.. but I am not sure that D is.. If you negate D, then the argument falls apart. So, I think D is correct.
As for C, even if there are other functions of news, we want to see if it serves the "intended" function. So, I think C is a little out of scope...

OA please...
_________________

krish

GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
User avatar
Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 5097
Location: Singapore
Followers: 19

Kudos [?]: 149 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 22:23
C is not out of scope. We are told that the intended function of news is to give us information to act. However, when the news is entertaining, it no longer serves its intended function. If C is not true, then it means news has many other functions, one of which can be entertainment. So C is the answer.
  [#permalink] 30 May 2005, 22:23
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
3 To portray virtue as a function of simplicity by using the " blueseas 9 26 Aug 2013, 12:23
3 A painter intends to mixed two jars of paint to create a new cmsvicky 6 31 Aug 2012, 21:40
Give it a whirl... -- In accordance with new legislation, JoshKnewton 8 28 May 2010, 06:01
2 Experts publish their posts in the topic A new drug has been formulated which is intended to inhibit eyunni 10 27 Oct 2007, 11:49
A new drug has been formulated which is intended to inhibit FN 8 28 Jul 2005, 09:04
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Sociologist: The intended function of news is to give us

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 21 posts ] 



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.