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Bardis: Extensive research shows that television advertisements affect the buying habits of consumers. Some people conclude from this that violent television imagery sometimes causes violent behavior. But the effectiveness of television advertisements could be a result of those televised images being specifically designed to alter buying habits, whereas television violence is not designed to cause violent behavior. Hence we can safely conclude that violent television imagery does not cause violence.

The reasoning in Bardis’s argument is flawed because that argument

(A) relies on an illegitimate inference from the fact that advertisements can change behavior to the claim that advertisements can cause violent behavior

(B) fails to distinguish a type of behavior from a type of stimulus that may or may not affect behavior

(C) undermines its own position by questioning the persuasive power of television advertising

(D) concludes that a claim is false on the basis of one purported fault in an argument in favor of that claim

(E) fails to consider the possibility that the argument it disputes is intended to address a separate issue

Originally posted by vjsharma25 on 15 Mar 2011, 22:54.
Last edited by nightblade354 on 11 Apr 2019, 07:56, edited 2 times in total.
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Answer should be D
A. Argument never says that advertisements can cause violent behaviour- what is stated by the option itself is not correct.
B. Incorrect - there is no confusion in Bardis' statement about stimulus (advertisement, violent imagery) and behavior (purchase,violent behaviour)
C. Argument never challenged the persuasive power of advertising. In fact it uses that as a support to bolster his own conclusion
D. Correct option - Bardis wrongly rejects the whole argument on the basis of one flaw only - that the violent imagery is not purposedly designed to instigate violent behavior. That however in no way can help conclude that it doesn’t instiagte violent behaviour.
E. argument being intended to address separate issue is not indicated anywhere- argument clearly is addressing the concern expressed in the statement that violent imagery may instigate violent behaviour
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vjsharma25 wrote:
Bardis: Extensive research shows that television
advertisements affect the buying habits of
consumers. Some people conclude from this that
violent television imagery sometimes causes
violent behavior. But the effectiveness of
television advertisements could be a result of
those televised images being specifically designed
to alter buying habits, whereas television violence
is not designed to cause violent behavior. Hence
we can safely conclude that violent television
imagery does not cause violence.

The reasoning in Bardis’s argument is flawed because
that argument

(A) relies on an illegitimate inference from the fact
that advertisements can change behavior to the
claim that advertisements can cause violent
behavior
(B) fails to distinguish a type of behavior from a
type of stimulus that may or may not affect
behavior
(C) undermines its own position by questioning the
persuasive power of television advertising
(D) concludes that a claim is false on the basis of
one purported fault in an argument in favor of
that claim
(E) fails to consider the possibility that the
argument it disputes is intended to address a
separate issue


I could easily eliminate all but D.
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Definitely D - person states that those who say tv leads to violence are mistaken - the argument is flawed because just because something it not intended to cause violence, doesn't mean that it doesn't.
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