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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
Non-Presidential
Political Campaign
Examples
Not Written Straw Man Fallacy
Communication Requires a dialogue

Uses logos to divert the audience's


attention

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

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

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
References

Fallacy: Straw Man. (n.d.). Retrieved November 01, 2016, from


http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html

Straw man. (n.d.). Retrieved November 1, 2016, from http://www.merriam-


webster.com/dictionary/straw man

"New Republic." New Republic. New Republic, 06 Nov. 2016. Web. 04 Nov.
2016. <https://newrepublic.com/>.