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Columnist: A democratic society cannot exist unless its citizens have established strong bonds of mutual trust. Such bonds are formed and strengthened only by participation in civic organizations, political parties, and other groups outside the family. It is obvious then that widespread reliance on movies and electronic media for entertainment has an inherently corrosive effect on democracy.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the columnist’s argument depends?

(A) Anyone who relies on movies and electronic media for entertainment is unable to form a strong bond of mutual trust with a citizen.
(B) Civic organizations cannot usefully advance their goals by using electronic media.
(C) Newspapers and other forms of print media strengthen, rather than weaken, democratic institutions.
(D) Relying on movies and electronic media for entertainment generally makes people less likely to participate in groups outside their families.
(E) People who rely on movies and electronic media for entertainment are generally closer to their families than are those who do not.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Official Explanation (Powerscore LSAT)
Answer choice (A): This was the most commonly selected wrong answer, and this answer is incorrect
because it exaggerates the situation. The author does not assume that anyone would be unable to form a
strong bond of trust. The argument was clear about a corrosive effect on democracy. This answer, if it
were an assumption, would lead to the end of democracy. That result is too strong for the author’s
conclusion.
Answer choice (B): The author makes no assumption regarding organizations advancing their agenda.
Answer choice (C): The argument is not about newspapers and print media.
Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer. This Supporter assumption connects the new element in the
conclusion back to the conditional relationship in the premises.
Answer choice (E): The author does not assume that closeness to the family is a bad thing, but that one
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01 Sep 2011, 11:12
Nice question. Almost got it wrong by thinking it was B instead of D.

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15 Sep 2011, 05:00
D is the answer. It relates the last sentence to the previous statement and provides the connection for the complete argument.
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15 Sep 2011, 11:04
Nice question..Answers are close..But D is my final selection as well..it bridges the gap between electronic media and participation outside families...A i felt is close but far too strong to be an assumption in this case.

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15 Sep 2011, 23:04
IMO A
A democratic society cannot exist unless its citizens have established strong bonds of mutual trust.

A- supports the assumption
.......................... is unable to form a strong bond of mutual trust with a citizen.

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02 Nov 2011, 11:08
A or D.. I am confused. I went with A.

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02 Nov 2011, 12:40
D

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03 Nov 2011, 07:38
IMO A,

Confused between A & D.

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23 Dec 2011, 22:20
Very nice question. Options A and D are very confusing. A is a little too extreme to be true as an assumption in this case. So D is the correct assumption.
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26 Dec 2011, 05:53
nice one
but one careful glance and i guess D will stand out

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28 Jan 2012, 08:15
+1 D. A is too extreme.

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22 Apr 2017, 12:05
Conclusion : "Widespread reliance on movies and electronic media for entertainment has an inherently corrosive effect on democracy".{In other words electronic media is bad}

(A) "Anyone who relies on movies and electronic media for entertainment is unable to form a strong bond of mutual trust with a citizen."

This choice negated becomes, "Anyone who relies on movies and electronic media for entertainment is able to form a strong bond of mutual trust with a citizen."

Does this weaken the argument? No. Because even if they are able to form strong bonds of mutual trust with citizens they may not do so because they are spending all their time at the movies and not at civic organizations, political parties, and other groups outside the family. Therefore, the conclusion holds that electronic media is bad for democracy moreover, this option focuses more on forming bonds with citizens and that is why it's incorrect.

(D) "Relying on movies and electronic media for entertainment generally makes people less likely to participate in groups outside their families."

This choice negated becomes, "Relying on movies and electronic media for entertainment generally makes people not less likely to participate in groups outside their families."

Does this weaken the argument? Yes. Because if they are just as likely to participate in group events outside their families then the movies have no affect on whether a person goes to these events and forms bonds with other citizens. Therefore the conclusion that electronic media is bad for democracy falls apart.
Hence, D is correct answer choice here.
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