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07 Aug 2019, 05:37
The following appeared in a memorandum issued by a large city’s council on the arts: “In a recent citywide poll, fifteen percent more residents said that they watch television programs about the visual arts than was the case in a poll conducted five years ago. During these past five years, the number of people visiting our city’s art museums has increased by a similar percentage. Since the corporate funding that supports public television, where most of visual arts programs appear, is now being threatened with severe cuts, we can expect that attendance at our city’s museums will also start to decrease. Thus, some of the city’s funds supporting arts should be reallocated to public television.”

The argument states that a correlation between the increased number of visitors to the art museum and the number of viewers who watch art shows on television. The argument omits to say how definitive the correlation is and whether it is just a coincidence.
The major flaw of the argument is that it fails to consider the number of viewers who watch arts shows on television and how many watches it on public television. The poll states the percent increase not the actual number of viewers hence it is not cogent whether the number of people who watch the art shows on television are equal to the number of visitors to the art museum. Also, there could be people who watch it on private television as it is not precisely stated in the argument whether the poll was conducted only for public television viewers. The argument could be strengthened if the author could provide enough evidence of how the poll was conducted, how many people were interviewed and if the results stated in the argument were for public televisions only. The second flaw the argument fails to consider is the reason behind the increased visitors in the art museum as they could be due to the increased tourism in that area, new artefacts installed, new activities starting in the museum or could be the decreased ticket price. Without definitive proof that the reason for the increase in visitors is in fact due to the increased viewers in arts shows on television, the argument is flawed, however if the author provides substantial evidence that the reason for the increased visitors is indeed due to the public televisions broadcasting arts shows then the argument could be strengthened.
If the above-stated pieces of evidence are provided the conclusion of the argument could be appropriate however in its current form the argument is flawed.
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10 Aug 2019, 11:47
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rimu wrote:
The following appeared in a memorandum issued by a large city’s council on the arts: “In a recent citywide poll, fifteen percent more residents said that they watch television programs about the visual arts than was the case in a poll conducted five years ago. During these past five years, the number of people visiting our city’s art museums has increased by a similar percentage. Since the corporate funding that supports public television, where most of visual arts programs appear, is now being threatened with severe cuts, we can expect that attendance at our city’s museums will also start to decrease. Thus, some of the city’s funds supporting arts should be reallocated to public television.”

The argument states that a correlation between the increased number of visitors to the art museum and the number of viewers who watch art shows on television. The argument omits to say how definitive the correlation is and whether it is just a coincidence.
The major flaw of the argument is that it fails to consider the number of viewers who watch arts shows on television and how many watches it on public television. The poll states the percent increase not the actual number of viewers hence it is not cogent whether the number of people who watch the art shows on television are equal to the number of visitors to the art museum. Also, there could be people who watch it on private television as it is not precisely stated in the argument whether the poll was conducted only for public television viewers. The argument could be strengthened if the author could provide enough evidence of how the poll was conducted, how many people were interviewed and if the results stated in the argument were for public televisions only. The second flaw the argument fails to consider is the reason behind the increased visitors in the art museum as they could be due to the increased tourism in that area, new artefacts installed, new activities starting in the museum or could be the decreased ticket price. Without definitive proof that the reason for the increase in visitors is in fact due to the increased viewers in arts shows on television, the argument is flawed, however if the author provides substantial evidence that the reason for the increased visitors is indeed due to the public televisions broadcasting arts shows then the argument could be strengthened.
If the above-stated pieces of evidence are provided the conclusion of the argument could be appropriate however in its current form the argument is flawed.

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11 Aug 2019, 02:16
rimu wrote:
The following appeared in a memorandum issued by a large city’s council on the arts: “In a recent citywide poll, fifteen percent more residents said that they watch television programs about the visual arts than was the case in a poll conducted five years ago. During these past five years, the number of people visiting our city’s art museums has increased by a similar percentage. Since the corporate funding that supports public television, where most of visual arts programs appear, is now being threatened with severe cuts, we can expect that attendance at our city’s museums will also start to decrease. Thus, some of the city’s funds supporting arts should be reallocated to public television.”

The argument states that a correlation between the increased number of visitors to the art museum and the number of viewers who watch art shows on television. The argument omits to say how definitive the correlation is and whether it is just a coincidence.
The major flaw of the argument is that it fails to consider the number of viewers who watch arts shows on television and how many watches it on public television. The poll states the percent increase not the actual number of viewers hence it is not cogent whether the number of people who watch the art shows on television are equal to the number of visitors to the art museum. Also, there could be people who watch it on private television as it is not precisely stated in the argument whether the poll was conducted only for public television viewers. The argument could be strengthened if the author could provide enough evidence of how the poll was conducted, how many people were interviewed and if the results stated in the argument were for public televisions only. The second flaw the argument fails to consider is the reason behind the increased visitors in the art museum as they could be due to the increased tourism in that area, new artefacts installed, new activities starting in the museum or could be the decreased ticket price. Without definitive proof that the reason for the increase in visitors is in fact due to the increased viewers in arts shows on television, the argument is flawed, however if the author provides substantial evidence that the reason for the increased visitors is indeed due to the public televisions broadcasting arts shows then the argument could be strengthened.
If the above-stated pieces of evidence are provided the conclusion of the argument could be appropriate however in its current form the argument is flawed.

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Para 4 Flaw 3
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