4.02 Logic and Fallacies

Logic and Fallacies

I have been in many different situations that there was a false dilemma, bandwagon or any other logical fallacy. At school for example I have a friend group of up to ten people, we all do not get along and we all don’t see eye to eye. But many of us have joined in on the bandwagon when are friends are wearing this style or hanging out with these people. In the end all it does is create drama, which I try to stay out of it. How do I know these situations are bandwagons, is because I hear the words “well she is doing so”, which leads right to the definition of the bandwagon fallacy.
These situations are really not resolved because they cannot it’s just what high school kids do, there is no way around it. Me, personally I try to stop myself from being a “bandwagon”, but who in high school wants to be left out what his or her friends are doing. Just because someone else thinks it is cool does not mean we all have to agree with the statement. Though not agreeing may spark an argument it is just part of not being a bandwagoner.


4 Pathos in Journalism

As school years pass by I keep hearing the dark talk of “uniforms”, and wonder why it is being talked about at all. Why do you think it is okay to take away someone freedom to expression themselves. Why would anyone want to take that away? Many people claim that it helps with attention in class or it helps with other students that may not have similar things.
Personally, if I was in charge I would be different and not bring in uniforms and let my students be who they are. Gladly my school in Guildford County has not gone to the horrible route of uniforms. But I have heard the talk spreading about this “trend” spreading everywhere. I feel strong about this because I know many people like to wear what they spend money on buying and showing off who they are. That’s what it is all about: expression. By having uniforms you are putting a huge lockdown on the students who may rebel anywhere, so in the end does this problem get resolved? I am not exactly promoting the students to rebel and where whatever but I am saying that it might as well happen.
Besides taking away our personal expressions, having us dress the same makes us all look the same. Think about this, why do you think we all look different, there’s got to be a reason for this. So why ignore this and imply uniform where we will all look the same. Personally even when I when out on field trips and wore the same shirts I could not stand it because we all looked the same. How boring! School uniforms are not need they just make the school look dark and drain all the uniqueness from it.

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Introduction to Persuasion

Persuasive media messages can be found anywhere around you, and they do influence your life more that you may think they do. They can be found on billboards, radio and TV commercials and ads in newspapers. The whole idea of these media messages it to PERSUADE people into buying or doing something you aren’t ready, all companies do this.
Looking around today I think the most persuasive media messages I’ve seen has come from Television ads and commercials. From cereals, clothes, music and cars it can all be found in TV ads. Even radio ads have the occasionally commercials persuading someone to buy a “nice cold sweet soda, to get over this extreme summer heat”. Along with the internet, yahoo.com has a lot of ads and not only are the ads persuading but some of the headlining stories they run. I haven’t seen any billboards today but I can think of the Chick-a Fila boards telling us “to eat more chicken” this is definitely an example of persuasive media.
Whether it is good or bad, persuasive media is everywhere. The chick-a-fila messages influence me to eat more chicken all the time, and the reason their method works is because they have a wide target audience, and a mascot that anyone would be able to pick out. Messages that don’t really work are the pop-up ads that come on the internet. For one, no one means to clip on them on purpose it just happens and they really don’t persuade you to do anything but lose weight by doing 50 push up a day.

Source: yahoo.com, Different TV channels like TNT, TBS and ABC Family


Sensational news was never meant to tell the truth but to do what it says and create a “sensation” about the news. Though it may be very entertaining sensantional news might not be the truth. This causes journalists to have to be caution when writing to not over due a story they are reporting.

Slander and Libel

Slander v. Libel
When it comes to spreading rumors about someone, the ending may not be what you may have expected. Spreading spoken and written “lies” have cause people to go to jail, court and so many other things. Point blank it you can avoid doing this bad habitat I would advise you to stop.
For example:
“A teenager posts a blog about an ex-boyfriend, listing several of his personal and physical flaws. The ex-boyfriend responds by posting a blog of his own that states several untruths about the person who posted the original blog. Both parties’ parents sue each other for defamation of character.” (Brainhoney3.04Slander and Libel) https://gcs489.brainhoney.com/Welcome.vp/page.htm

This case would be a libel case because it deals with written lies. The ex-boyfriend would be at fault in this case because he wrote things that were not true about the girl. Though the girl did write negative things about the ex-boyfriend they were all true. Like the Jeremiah Barber case, I think the boy should do service hours. Both the parents of the kids need to teach their children about defamation and how it could possible permanently damage a person reputation whether the information told is true or not. The question is does the whole world really need to know, or in the end will this rumor truly benefit you?


First amendment freedoms

       Over the years the Supreme Court has seen many different cases regarding the first amendment and the rights that it holds. With freedom of press, expression and speech sometimes it get hard to know what gets protected and what is over the line.
      The court case I choose to do research on was New York Times Company v. United States, where newspapers companies (New York and Washington Post) tried to post papers called the “pentagon papers”, but they government tried to step in and use prior restraint against the papers being published. They claimed that if these papers were release it could “interfere with foreign policy and lead to war”. When the case was brought to the Supreme Court they agreed with the lower courts that the government did not have the right to interfere. There have been similar cases like these as Near v. Minnesota, Austin v.Keefe and Bantam Book, Inc. v. Sullivan.
       Overall I think we should be allowed to have the right of free of press because it is a form of expression. Depending on what the subject is I think the government should be able to step in, only if there is clear proof that what someone could be putting themselves or others in danger. If I was doing this I have no problem if someone tried to stop me if there is clear proof to the problem. If this right were to ever be taken away it would hurt journalists, reporters, bloggers or anyone who like to expression themselves.




My Code is Ethics (3.01 Code of Ethics)

                                My Code of Ethics

1. Always present the truth in a way that it is to help the community and not hurt them.
2. Always be respectful and have integrity when reporting the story. Put yourself in their shoes
3. Avoid making someone look too miserable because you may affect your audience                                                                   4. Never accept gifts from people and never pay people.
5. Overall think about what you are exposing to your community, who are you representing.

My code of ethics is to help ensure that everyone is respected during a story and that the story is to be told the correct way. The public thinks they want to know the whole truth but sometimes we may ask for something that we are not ready to handle. My number one code is to ensure that stories tell the truth in a way that will make a community want to stand up and make a change if there has been a negative event, a story should not chastise a community but encourage them.

Code two, is to make sure that the story is really thought through by the reporter and that they know that this could have a major impact on someone. Always put yourself in the other person’s shoes because you never know what circumstances that they could be going through. Code three is to represent a person well never overdue their situation and never under do. Code four is to know that you are to never accept gifts; people want to be able to put their trust in you. They do not want to find out later that you may have paid or have gotten paid to do a story that may have left a major impacted on the community; people do not handle scandals very well.

The last code is to just make sure that a reporter truly knows what he or she is about to expose, if you do not feel comfortable do something about it and if you cannot try your best to show that you care. These codes I think are the most important and will help reporters and journalist do what is morally right.