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Re: My favorite logical fallacy:by Phaysis (Pilgrim)
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"Other" -- phew, that's a lot of options. Could I be suffering options-paralysis? Hmm.
Fair warning: potentially off-topic post/rant follows.
I listen to the radio at work, and during the afternoon drive-time there are scads of commercials, most of them are read live by the D.J.'s. Those are fine in that, sure, they contribute to the "solid hour of commercial-free rock", even though the readings, in their conversational tones, actually are commercials (a fallacy in and of itself), but they're typically better than the real commercials which are eventually aired.
Here's an example of one of the pre-recorded commercials that raises the ire in me:
WOMAN: "I have a busy schedule."
Now, the questions I have to ask begin with this: who in the world has absolutely no time in their "busy" day to do some menial task? Who out there absolutely must balance their checkbook while they're picking up the kids? Are we led to believe that time is of the essence, even on the most unimportant things? Who has that level of stress and burden in their life? Will an extra product or service make it that much better? Feh. I most certainly would not want to be married to this woman. I'm probably not thinking straight here, but advertisements like this irk me. I'm really not sure which fallacy this would fall under, possibly Straw Man, but may I suggest a new fallacy?
How about "Appeal to Beleaguerment"?
-Shawn / (Ph) Phaysis