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# Recording Agent: Music industry representatives often advanc

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Updated on: 06 Aug 2017, 01:40
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Recording Agent: Music industry representatives often advance the claim that “online file sharing,” (which allows someone who purchased a music CD to share contents with others using their computers—at no additional cost), hurts their business.
Since the advent of file sharing, however, music CD sales have actually risen; therefore, file sharing does not hurt the music business. In fact, file sharing seems to have had a positive effect on the music industry.

The argument above is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

A. is a circular argument, assuming what the argument sets out to prove

B. defies common sense, since people will not pay for music they can acquire for free

C. fails to specify how much music CD sales have risen since the advent of file sharing

D. assumes a causal relationship between variables with a high correlation without examining other potential factors

E. denies the legitimacy of a claim on the basis of the bias interest of those (music industry representatives) making the claim

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Originally posted by vards on 02 Jul 2014, 02:15.
Last edited by broall on 06 Aug 2017, 01:40, edited 1 time in total.
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05 Aug 2017, 00:40
vards wrote:
1) Recording Agent: Music industry representatives often advance the claim that “online file sharing,” (which allows someone who purchased a music CD to share contents with others using their computers—at no additional cost), hurts their business.
Since the advent of file sharing, however, music CD sales have actually risen; therefore, file sharing does not hurt the music business. In fact, file sharing seems to have had a positive effect on the music industry.

The argument above is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

1.is a circular argument, assuming what the argument sets out to prove

2.defies common sense, since people will not pay for music they can acquire for free

3.fails to specify how much music CD sales have risen since the advent of file sharing

4.assumes a causal relationship between variables with a high correlation without examining other potential factors

5.denies the legitimacy of a claim on the basis of the bias interest of those (music industry representatives) making the claim

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Basically the question stem says that the Music industry representative claims that "online file sharing" hurts their business. But CD sales has actually risen with the advent of file sharing.
So it is basically forming a causal relationship. But the author is not considering other reasons which might have caused the CD sales to rise.

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05 Aug 2017, 21:30
shashankism wrote:
vards wrote:
1) Recording Agent: Music industry representatives often advance the claim that “online file sharing,” (which allows someone who purchased a music CD to share contents with others using their computers—at no additional cost), hurts their business.
Since the advent of file sharing, however, music CD sales have actually risen; therefore, file sharing does not hurt the music business. In fact, file sharing seems to have had a positive effect on the music industry.

The argument above is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it

1.is a circular argument, assuming what the argument sets out to prove

2.defies common sense, since people will not pay for music they can acquire for free

3.fails to specify how much music CD sales have risen since the advent of file sharing

4.assumes a causal relationship between variables with a high correlation without examining other potential factors

5.denies the legitimacy of a claim on the basis of the bias interest of those (music industry representatives) making the claim

HOPE EVRYONE GETS IT RIGHT..!! ALL THE BEST PEEPS !! KUDOS DESIRED BTW

Basically the question stem says that the Music industry representative claims that "online file sharing" hurts their business. But CD sales has actually risen with the advent of file sharing.
So it is basically forming a causal relationship. But the author is not considering other reasons which might have caused the CD sales to rise.

Hi, Can you please elaborate the causal relationship in the prompt above clearly?

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05 Aug 2017, 22:34
Casual relationship here basically is that first the author says that CD industries got hurt by the online means what author intentionally want to say that CD sales got decrease because majority of people won't buy it as they get it for free so "CD sales have decrease because of online file sharing "
And then author claims that it has positive impact which means it because of more sharing CD industries have increases their CD sales

So casual relationship between variables means the more online sharing the more CD industry will get benefited which you can't consider to be the sole cause as their might some other factor as well might discounts on CDs, etc which could be the factor which author fail to consider by considering such high correlation " because of more sharing which indirectly means it has increases the CD sales "

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