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Anita: Television Programs and Movies that Depict Violence Among Teenagers Are Extremely Popular.Amrita'S Attempted Refutation of Anita'S Argument is Vulnerable to Criticism on Which One of the - Logical Reasoning

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MCQ

Read the following short passage and choose the best answer to the question below that passage.
Anita:
Television programs and movies that depict violence among teenagers are extremely popular. Given how influential these media are, we have good reason to believe that these depictions cause young people to engage in violent behaviour. Hence, depictions of violence among teenagers should be prohibited from movies and television programs.
Amrita: But you are recommending nothing short of censorship! Besides which, your claim that television and movie depictions of violence causes violence is mistaken: violence among young people predates movies and television by centuries.
Amrita's attempted refutation of Anita's argument is vulnerable to criticism on which one of the following grounds?

Options

  • It confuses a subjective judgment of private moral permissibility with an objective description of social fact.

  • It presupposes that an unpopular policy cannot possibly achieve its intended purpose.

  • It cites purported historical facts that cannot possibly be verified.

  • It rules out something as a cause of a current phenomenon solely on the ground that the phenomenon used to occur without that thing.

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Solution

It rules out something as a cause of a current phenomenon solely on the ground that the phenomenon used to occur without that thing.

Concept: Analytical and Logical Reseasoning
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