Philosophy News | WOX: War on X (Mass) II: Hyperbole & Straw Man

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this essay continues my guide n'how to start a war on x. inna previous essay, i looked atta advantages and disadvantages of lying and this essay will focus on using hyperbole na straw man fallacy. hyperbole is a rhetorical device involving exaggeration, typically to make something appear far worse or much betta tha' it really is. while hyperbole is a form of lying, tis an exaggeration rather than a complete fabrication. for ex, if a'pers does not catch any fish and say they “caught a whopper”, then they are just lying. iffey caught a lil fish and called it a whopper, they are using hyperbole.  while there can be debate bout the boundary tween hyperbole nother forms of lying, this distinction aint as primordial as the distinction tween the truth and a lie.  hyperbole can be used for benign purposes, s'as in comedy. but it can also be weaponized to help start a war. hyperbole is often used in creating a straw man fallacy. the straw man fallacy is committed when one ignores a claim or argument and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated, or misrepresented version odat claim or argument. this sort of “reasoning” has the folloing pattern:   premise 1: person a makes claim or argument x. premise 2: person b presents y (which is a distorted version of x). premise 3: person b attacks y. conclusion:  ⊢, x is false/incorrect/flawed.   this sort of “reasoning” is fallacious cause attacking a distorted version offa claim or argument does not constitute a criticism of the position itself. a straw man can be effective cause pplz often do not know the real claim or argument bein’ attacked. the fallacy is espeshly effective when the straw person matches the audience’s biases or stereotypes—they will feel that the distorted version tis real version and accept it. while this fallacy is generally aimed at an audience, it can be self-inflicted: a'pers can unwittingly make a straw man out offa claim or argument. this can be. . .

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