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Recently, several advertisers have withdrawn their advertisements from Magazine X, claiming that it was due to the fact that the editorial board of the magazine had decided to change the image that the magazine portrays from one of family values to one concerned more with sex and violence. Surely this indicates that the decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions.
Which of the following, if true, would strengthen this conclusion?

A) The advertisers regularly review the placement of their advertisements.
B) It is a rare event for several advertisers to withdraw all their advertisements simultaneously from a publication.
C) The advertisers, when questioned, admitted that their clients would lose revenue as a result of the advertisements being withdrawn.
D) The advertisers all placed new advertisements with other publications that emphasised family values.
E) A survey of the readership of Magazine X suggested that the majority of the readership think that the standard of the magazine's contents had falled since its transformation.
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14 Apr 2010, 11:42
My answer is D.

D. The advertisers all placed new advertisements with other publications that emphasised family values.

>> This stengthens the conclusion that decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions
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14 Apr 2010, 19:59
D is good.
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16 Apr 2010, 02:40
D for me as well.

Recently, several advertisers have withdrawn their advertisements from Magazine X, claiming that it was due to the fact that the editorial board of the magazine had decided to change the image that the magazine portrays from one of family values to one concerned more with sex and violence. Surely this indicates that the decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions.
Which of the following, if true, would strengthen this conclusion?

A) The advertisers regularly review the placement of their advertisements. --> irrelevant to moral propriety
B) It is a rare event for several advertisers to withdraw all their advertisements simultaneously from a publication. --> there could be other reasons for simultaneous withdrawals; moral propriety could be a sham reason
C) The advertisers, when questioned, admitted that their clients would lose revenue as a result of the advertisements being withdrawn.--> irrelevant to moral propriety
D) The advertisers all placed new advertisements with other publications that emphasised family values.the advertisers emphasized the point by redirecting their funds to a supported concept
E) A survey of the readership of Magazine X suggested that the majority of the readership think that the standard of the magazine's contents had falled since its transformation.-->does not affect the advertisers
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26 Apr 2010, 08:35
for me D is the correct answer
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30 Sep 2010, 12:19
D is not the OA
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30 Sep 2010, 14:34
Is the answer C?
the conclusion of the argument is "decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions"

Look at C. It says magazines will lose money. This means that their decision is not money-driven, but moral propriey driven. It supports the conclusion.
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01 Oct 2010, 08:38
Yes, I agree with the post above. We need here to distinguish between two possibilities - that the advertising company has made its decision for 'moral propriety' (whatever that means) reasons, or that the company has made its decision for business reasons. It may be that the magazine, with its new 'image', is no longer a suitable advertising vehicle for the ad company's clients - maybe their clients are all 'family-friendly' companies, so advertising in 'family friendly' magazines is simply good business. D doesn't help to resolve this question of the ad company's motivations, but C does.
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01 Oct 2010, 11:41
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Recently, several advertisers have withdrawn their advertisements from Magazine X, claiming that it was due to the fact that the editorial board of the magazine had decided to change the image that the magazine portrays from one of family values to one concerned more with sex and violence. Surely this indicates that the decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions.
Which of the following, if true, would strengthen this conclusion?

The passage states that the advertisers must have a sense of morals because of the fact that they withdrew their advertisements when the magazine changed images to one more concerned with sex and violence. But what if it wasn't a moral decision, but rather a money-based one? Maybe they found another magazine that provided a greater money-making opportunity, and the image change was just a coincidence. Then the cause/effect assumption made by the author would be wrong, and so would the conclusion.

A) The advertisers regularly review the placement of their advertisements. Doesn't effect the conclusion
B) It is a rare event for several advertisers to withdraw all their advertisements simultaneously from a publication. Doesn't effect the conclusion about morals
C) The advertisers, when questioned, admitted that their clients would lose revenue as a result of the advertisements being withdrawn. Strengthens the conclusion - it was NOT a money-based decision, so the theory that it was a morality decision is more possible
D) The advertisers all placed new advertisements with other publications that emphasised family values. This doesn't necessarily strengthen the conclusion about morals - it's entirely possible that the new magazine simply offered more money, or had a wider readership, or some other unsaid factor here. You can't definitively determine the moral causality being claimed in the passage from this.
E) A survey of the readership of Magazine X suggested that the majority of the readership think that the standard of the magazine's contents had falled since its transformation. The readers of Magazine X don't factor into the argument
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01 Oct 2010, 11:45
I go for D too.
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02 Oct 2010, 23:34
The conclusion is
the decision-makers in advertising companies do still have a sense of moral propriety that occasionally drives their actions

Now consider D. It says the advertisers have placed their adds in the magazines those emphasized family values.

But does it strengthen the conclusion where the main part is moral value.

But look at C
The advertisers have admitted that they have incurred loss due to their decision. They would have assumed this. So money is not the decisive factor for them. Its the moral value that drives them to make this decision.

So I will go for C

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28 Oct 2015, 11:16
I saw this question in some forum and OA is D

Here are the explanations too

A: This is irrelevant to the question of moral propriety.

B: This doesn't necessarily point to moral propriety directly. Don't make unnecessary connections!

C: Once again, no correlation to what we're talking about

->D: If this is true, then it shows that the agencies care about where their ads go. Hence correct.

E: This is about the magazine. Not the advertisers.

-- My answer is D too since that is what is helping the argument.
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