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MediaCritic: Network executives allege that television viewership is decreasing due to the availability of television programs on other platforms, such as the internet and mobile devices. These executives claim that declining viewership will cause advertising revenue to fall and networks will thus be unable to spend the large sums necessary to produce high quality programming. That development, in turn, will lead to a death of programming for the very devices that cannibalized television audience. However, research shows that users of alternative platforms are exposed to new programs and, as a result, actually increase the numbers of hours per week that they watch television. This demonstrates that alternative platforms will not prevent networks from increasing advertising revenue.

The portions in boldface play which of the following roles in the media critic's argument ?


(A) The first is an inevitable trend that weighs against the critic's claim; the second is the claim.

(B) The first is a prediction that is challenged by the argument; the second is a finding upon which the argument depends.

(C) The first clarifies the reasoning behind the critic' s claim; the second demonstrates why that claim is flawed.

(D) The first acknowledges a position that the technology executives accept as true; the second is a consequence of that position.

(E) The first opposes the critic's claim through an analogy; the second outlines a scenario in which that claim will not hold.

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The Structure of the argument as I under stood
1.Evidence -> Intermediate conclusion -> Following final Conclusion
2. However - changes the direction
3. Counter Evidence -> Counter Conclusion = This is the Main Conclusion of the argument

So First bold face is a intermediate conclusion or a prediction
and Second bold face is a supporting evidence for the Final conclusion of the argument. However explains that what comes after it challenges what came before it.

In this Light , Answer should be (B)
The first is a prediction that is challenged by the argument; the second is a finding upon which the argument depends.
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I am ok with option B with "As a result" acting as an identifier

I am not able to understand why the answer is not C.

"declining viewership will cause advertising revenue to fall and networks will thus be unable to spend the large sums necessary to produce high quality programming." This portion explains the claim of the critic and the word "thus" provides the reasoning behind their claim. The 2nd BF statement clarifies the flawed reasoning by explaining an alternative process which would happen.

Am I missing something here? Experts please help.
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I am ok with option B with "As a result" acting as an identifier

I am not able to understand why the answer is not C.

"declining viewership will cause advertising revenue to fall and networks will thus be unable to spend the large sums necessary to produce high quality programming." This portion explains the claim of the critic and the word "thus" provides the reasoning behind their claim. The 2nd BF statement clarifies the flawed reasoning by explaining an alternative process which would happen.

Am I missing something here? Experts please help.


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Read the argument carefully.

"These executives claim that declining viewership will cause advertising revenue to fall and networks will thus be unable to spend the large sums necessary to produce high quality programming". --> BF1 is a claim made by the executives and not by the media critic.

Moving over to BF2: "research shows that users of alternative platforms are exposed to new programs and, as a result, actually increase the numbers of hours per week that they watch television" --> The colored portion should help you determine that it is a finding which supports the position of the media critic.
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Network executives:
other platforms -> decline in tv viewership -> ad rates will fall -> death of programming for other platforms

Media Critic:
research shows: users of alternative platforms exposed to new programs -> increase in tv viewership. Hence -> alternative platforms won't prevent networks from increasing advertising revenue.

BF1: declining viewership will cause advertising revenue to fall and networks will thus be unable to spend the large sums necessary to produce high quality programming.
BF2: as a result, actually increase the numbers of hours per week that they watch television.

BF1 supports the network executive's conclusion while BF2 supports the Media Critic's conclusion.
We are looking for the answer choice, in which BF1 and BF2 are on opposite side.

(A)The first is an inevitable trend that weighs against the critic's claim; the second is the claim. --> Wrong: BF1 and BF2 on same side
(B)The first is a prediction that is challenged by the argument; the second is a finding upon which the argument depends. --> Correct: BF1 and BF2 on opposite side
(C)The first clarifies the reasoning behind the critic’s claim; the second demonstrates why that claim is flawed. --> Wrong: BF1 does not clarify critic's claim. It clarifies execs claim
(D)The first acknowledges a position that the technology executives accept as true; the second is a consequence of that position. --> Wrong: First part of the choice is correct - BF1 is premise to execs conclusion. Second part is wrong - BF2 goes against the exec's position.
(E)The first opposes the critic's claim through an analogy; the second outlines a scenario in which that claim will not hold. --> Wrong: Second part of the answer choice wrong - BF2 is premise for critic's claim
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