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Straw Man Fallacy

Karen Nightingale and Kate Upchurch

What is a Straw Man Fallacy?

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person

simply ignores a person's actual position and
substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or
misrepresented version of that position.

-The Nizkor Project

Misrepresents opponent's argument

Makes argument easier to attack

Trump Examples
Hillary Examples
Political Campaign
Not Written Straw Man Fallacy
Communication Requires a dialogue

Uses logos to divert the audience's


Restricted By

Twitters 140 character limit

Facebook post

Visual or auditory commercials/debates

Create developed, unattested straw man

Political Campaign Skimmer society

TV Commercials Visual/Auditory Communication

Best Examples:

Political TV commercials

Radio Ads

This Presentation

Our assignment was to explore the
Straw Man Fallacy in relation to
political campaigns as WRITTEN

We created an argument claiming the

Straw Man Fallacy is only effective for
political campaigns when presented
visually or auditorily

We defended our argument by giving

examples of television and radio
campaign ads and convincing you our
argument is sound

By proving our pretend argument, we

created a Straw Man Fallacy claiming
that effective political campaigns are
not written communication anymore
therefore defeating the purpose of the
entire assignment

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