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Several companies will soon offer personalized electronic news services, delivered via cable or telephone lines and displayed on a television. People using these services can view continually updated stories on those topics for which they subscribe. Since these services will provide people with the information they are looking for more quickly and efficiently than printed newspapers can, newspaper sales will decline drastically if these services become widely available.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. In reading newspapers, most people not only look for stories on specific topics but also like to idly browse through headlines or pictures for amusing stories on unfamiliar or unusual topics.
B. Companies offering personalized electronic news services will differ greatly in what they charge for access to their services, depending on how wide a range of topics they cover.
C. Approximately 30 percent of people have never relied on newspapers for information but instead have always relied on news programs broadcast on television and radio.
D. The average monthly cost of subscribing to several channels on a personalized electronic news service will approximately equal the cost of a month's subscription to a newspaper.
E. Most people who subscribe to personalized electronic news services will not have to pay extra costs for installation since the services will use connections installed by cable and telephone companies.

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Several companies will soon offer personalized electronic news services, delivered via cable or telephone lines and displayed on a television. People using these services can view continually updated stories on those topics for which they subscribe. Since these services will provide people with the information they are looking for more quickly and efficiently than printed newspapers can, newspaper sales will decline drastically if these services become widely available.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. In reading newspapers, most people not only look for stories on specific topics but also like to idly browse through headlines or pictures for amusing stories on unfamiliar or unusual topics.
B. Companies offering personalized electronic news services will differ greatly in what they charge for access to their services, depending on how wide a range of topics they cover.
C. Approximately 30 percent of people have never relied on newspapers for information but instead have always relied on news programs broadcast on television and radio.
D. The average monthly cost of subscribing to several channels on a personalized electronic news service will approximately equal the cost of a month's subscription to a newspaper.
E. Most people who subscribe to personalized electronic news services will not have to pay extra costs for installation since the services will use connections installed by cable and telephone companies.


As per Stem - Personalized electronic news services are threat for printed newspapers.

Weaken the Argument Pre-thinking- Anything additional attribute provided by newspaper but not by personalized electronic news services(PENS) will weaken the Argument.

POE -

A. Very much in-line of pre-thinking. Most people like to browse newspapers idly which they possible won't be able to in PENS.
B. talks about cost of PENS but no mention of Newspapers
C. This strengthens the argument
D. Says - PENS will cost as Newspaper - Irrelevant or kind of weakly strengthens the argument.
E. Same as D - - Irrelevant or kind of weakly strengthens the argument.
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