Friday, October 18, 2013

AGENDA 10/18

Grammar: Pronoun Ambiguity 11.3
Review Logical Fallacies Practice #2
View the following commercials and discuss the primary fallacy the commercial employs:

Miller Lite: "Skinny Jeans" 
Little Caesar's: "No Rules!" 
Axe Body Spray: "Billions"
Fancy Feast: "A Love Story" 
AT&T: "Postcards" 
SoCal Honda: "Helpful: Lesson"
Verizon: "Easy Choice 2.0"
5 Hour Energy: "Debut Album"
Allstate: "Mayhem: Cleaning Lady"

Extra Credit Opportunity: Comment below and include a YouTube link to a commercial or short scene from a TV show or film. Identify the fallacy and explain the errors in reasoning or manipulation (just like we have in class). If you don't have a Gmail account, you can email the link and explanation to me at If multiple people submit the same clip, I'll give extra credit to the first person only.

HW: Study for Monday's Fallacies Quiz!


Tess Miller said...
This commercial would be considered False Authority because Taylor Swift has no expertise or past knowledge on Diet Coke. The commercial is "giving too much credit to a widely trusted person".

Spencer Davies said...
This commercial is an example of False Authority. Britney Spears is not an expert about Pepsi and does not actually know much about the product. She is used as a figurehead, or "false authority," as an attempt by Pepsi to get people to purchase the product.

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Harry Gilboa said...

This Wendy's add is an example of Dogmatism because it presents a Wendy's burger as the only possible option for people who really like beef and claims to have more beef than other burger places.

Duncan Sanders said...
This commercial is an example of Sentimental Appel because it makes the viewer feel sad for the man in the wheelchair, and how his friends helped him out, leading to them playing basketball together. And then of course getting a nice frosty Guinness!

Jordan Breuer said...
This taco bell commercial is a hasty generalization because it is generalizing that all men like bacon.

Rocio Mendez said...

This commercial could be considered as Sentimental Appeal showing viewers how a lovely family cares about each other and wants the best for one another buying the best toilet paper.

Catherine Yang said...
This commercial is an example of Sentimental Appeal because it focuses on cute babies in order to sell a car.

Danielle Shapiro said...

this commercial shows sentimental appeal because the audience views the children as adorable and believe anything they say because they are so cute that it distracts them from the real point of the commercial.

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Elijah Lax said...
This commercial is an example of the Straw Man fallacy because the point is to show how fast At&T is, but instead it deals with things such as how slow a grandma is, or how fast a car is. It attacks a weaker, easier to win argument then attacking the argument of At&T's network speed.

Phoebe Abramowitz said...

This psa uses scare tactics. It plays on people's fear of feeling exposed and of random men sexually harassing them to deter people from posting too much on the internet.