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The question is tricky if you slip up on the rules of CR.

The correct answer is B


Premise 1) Travel agent livelihood is gathering, organising, distributing (off course on demand and after getting paid) information related to tourism.
Premise 2) Such info was earlier not available to common customers.
Premise 3) Now internet will make such information available to all people.
Conclusion)Travel agents will be outdated.


Weaken the conclusion) :- Remember premise 1 :- Its the full time work of travel agent to deal with travel info , organise it and distribute it and All such info is not available to any normal person; meaning travel agents are accustomed in dealing with such kind of information (be it rare or voluminous or difficult to understand)

What if despite the availability of such information on internet normal people can't understand it , or cannot process it or cannot handle the amount of such volume which is very large. Then despite being available the information is practically useless for a common man. If they cannot process it, they cannot use it. If they cannot use it they will need help. Who will come to help. A person who is a master is dealing with such information. Who is that person- the travel agent. He is not going to become obsolete soon my friend :)

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it


Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
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Originally posted by LogicGuru1 on 22 Jun 2016, 08:41.
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Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

Demand for the service of travel agent will not drastically reduced when these factors are in play
1> Convenience and time saving
2> Information overload leading to confusion so need help from Travel agent
3> Even information is available, consumer doesn't know that how to do booking and other stuff
4> what if corporate hires travel agent more
5> Some rural sector grow

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?



B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it
Correct.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies :- I feel this is strengthener.

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
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Boils down to B and E.

E - what if the reduced population is the only one using the services offered by travel agent. So now they can access it and won't need a TA.

B - the information obtained is much more than what customers can process and would still need a TA to guide them. Hence weakens.
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[/quote]How does D strengthen the argument?
Despite the fact ppl have access to new technology, ppl use travel agents means that the demand of travel agents will not reduce .
Confused between B and D.[/quote]

I was confused between B and D also and chose D. However, now when I read option D again, it says the customers will get access to new information TECHNOLOGIES. The access to new information technologies has nothing to do with saying the demand for travel agents services is not going to reduce (weakening the conclusion)

Therefore, Option B is the answer
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We should focus on the word "drastically"

B seems like strengthen the argument but definitely weaken the word "drastically".
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New post 28 Sep 2017, 03:08
aniec wrote:
Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population


I seriously don't understand why is this question in DEBATABLE OA category[/color]
the question is clear cut and concise

My analysis
Conclusion :Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced
Premise is that the with the use of internet most of the information that travel agents provide can readily be obtained by themselves
Assumption
Most Customers will organize the information they readily gather from the internet
p.s. i am using MOST in my assumption because the conclusion is strong enough to use the word DRASTICALLY .

We have to weaken the conclusion
Clearly, if i go against the conclusion (( and my stated assumption)), what if customers are given so many
options at their dispense that they are confused and therefore, are not able to organize their travel plans. Too many options create perplexity


POE
a) if both agents and customers are using internet , then this doesn't affects the conclusion. Maybe, customers may find better options , maybe agents. The issue is organizing
b)this is the right choice. What if customer is bombarded with so many options that he is confused and perplexed . Therefore, after making so many or so less choices can't organize them accordingly
c) its just a fact that used to happen in the past before the advent of large scores of information on Internet, and same is the case now. These people never affected the travel agent's salary before nor will they do now
d) well again this is a gain from using travel agents services , so possibly not a weakner.
e) May be confusing to some people, but consider this .
the conclusion states that the income of travel agents will be affected drastically .So , a few can't create a drastic effect.
Also , there is no mention that these few people really employ travel agents to book their travels. No effect


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