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SPOOFS OF POLITICAL ADS
Watch these ads twice, once for fun, and once to identify the “sophistry” involved.
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1 : subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation
2 : SOPHISM: an argument apparently correct in form but actually invalid; especially : such an argument used to deceive
In other words, an argument that sounds good but is actually bogus.
Here are some types of “sophistry” you may find in political
--Facts out of context
--Attacking a straw man
--Implying correlation is causation
--Selective use of objective sources
--Attacking motives rather than addressing merits
--Decrying the slippery slope (sometimes a valid argument, but almost all policy issues eventually come down to "where you draw the line")
Can you think of more?
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Things to be suspicious of in ads:
---Taking credit (or placing blame) for the economy. Politicians overstate--column by Edward Lotterman 8-24-06
--Extremely nasty approach (signifies a candidate who is losing and getting desperate)
--Distorted or just plain bad pictures of the opponent (anybody can extract a photo from a video these days--it's easy to make somebody look bad in slow motion or a still)