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# Political advocacy groups have begun to use information

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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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need help with the argument. could not understand what it is implying!
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27 Jul 2012, 03:39
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Passage is making an argument that
"information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents"

This claim will be possible only when we believe that traditional news source doesnt present a balanced picture. My analogy follows as

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. Passage doesnt argue over the reach of information services
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases. This is against the argument and it still relies on traditional sources only
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias. This might be true but doesnt provide a base for the argument which says " a balanced picture will be provided by information services"
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately. Correct
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.Argument doesnt say whether people can identify the bias or not
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29 Jul 2012, 06:53
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

Firstly we need to understand the argument.
Evidence:- It says that the political advocacy groups have started using info services to spread info because traditional sources reporting is selective,
Conclusion:- Information system presents a balanced picture of political issues.

The green part justifies the use of info services by the political advocacy groups.
The point of this argument is that there should not be info from one source. There we get our assumption for using info services.

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. irrelevant cause percentage
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.understanding of political issue? irrelevant
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias. Correct
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.the groups were not having a prob wid the accuracy of traditional sources but that they were selective
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.irrelevant
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26 Jul 2012, 22:38
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Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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According to me (C) is correct because if information on political issues disseminated through information services WERE almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias, then you COULD NOT claim that information services present a more balanced picture of political issues than traditional news sources
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18 Jan 2016, 08:09
Here are my two cents
Tough one.
Premise 1: information service help people bypass the newspaper to present the information in public.
Premise 2: newspaper is selective
Conclusion: information service provide a more balanced view

Assumption Question Type, so negation method can be helpful
At first glance, i am confused between C and D:
Let us negate D and we get a sentence: Traditional news sources report the views of political advocacy groups accurately
Does this necessarily weaken the argument? Maybe a little.
Let us negate C: Information on political issues disseminated through information services come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
It exactly weakens the argument.

Hope it works for you.
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23 Aug 2016, 05:52
maybeam wrote:
Political advocacy groups have begun to use information services to disseminate information that is then accessed by the public via personal computer. Since many groups are thus able to bypass traditional news sources, whose reporting is selective, and to present their political views directly to the public, information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources.
B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases.
C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately.
E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources.
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need help with the argument. could not understand what it is implying!

We can use assumpsion negative technique here.
In A,B,D,E if the statement not true, they can not damaged the conclusion that information services needed because of balancing covered view of political issues.
Whereas in C, if information is come from almost entirely group that share single bias, it will damaged the conclusion. Since we can not deferentiate which is tradional one or information one
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01 May 2017, 22:37
The conclusion here is "information services present a more balanced picture of the complexities of political issues than any traditional news source presents"

What is the assumption here. That the political groups using information services will report their actual views and since all political groups will present their own views, the picture available to public is balanced.

A. Information services are accessible to enough people to ensure that political advocacy groups can use these services to reach as large a percentage of the public as they could through traditional news sources. - Irrelevant. The conclusion is never about the number of people it can reach, but it is about the balance of the political view itself. Hence wrong.

B. People could get a thorough understanding of a particular political issue by sorting through information provided by several traditional news sources, each with differing editorial biases. - If people can do this themselves, info services dont help.

C. Information on political issues disseminated through information services does not come almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias. - The argument assumes something like this. that the filtered results will present a balanced picture and not a biased picture.

D. Traditional news sources seldom report the views of political advocacy groups accurately. - Not an assumption according to me. This is what line "whose reporting is selective" says.

E. Most people who get information on political issues from newspapers and other traditional news sources can readily identify the editorial biases of those sources. - If people can identify, there is no need for Info services.

Choice C Negated :-

Information on political issues disseminated through information services does come
almost entirely from advocacy groups that share a single bias.
{Now, if the information on political issues is coming from advocacy group sharing a single bias
then the conclusion which states that information services presents a more balanced picture is
invalidated}.
So, C is correct answer choice here.
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