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#10- Producer: It has been argued that

ChicaRosa
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I don't understand why E is correct and not C?

I had a hard time trying to find the conclusion of the stimulus. I'll try to rephrase the stimulus in my own words as much as possible.

Premise: It has been argued that the public should boycott the adverstisers of shows that promote violence and destroy our country's values even though the government shouldn't censor TV shows.

Conclusion: By boycotting it is still considered censorship.

Premises: If the public boycotted the advertisers then they would cancel their ads which will cause some shows to go off the air and would lead to the restriction of shows that the public can view.

Do I have this correct?

I thought it was B because as a result of boycotting it would force some shows off the air and would restrict what the public can see which I thought implied shows that don't promote the traits stated in the stimulus.

Thanks!
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The goal here, Chica, is to justify the conclusion, which you correctly identified as "boycotting is censorship". Focus on proving that claim, that a boycott is, in fact, censorship.

Answer E does that by helping to define the scope of what censorship is. If anything that forces a show off the air is censorship, and boycotting does that (according to the premises), then boycotting must be censorship.

You asked about answer C, but then talked about liking answer B, so I am assuming the reference to C is a typo and that you were interested in B. Answer B tells us nothing about whether a boycott is the same as, or is a type of, censorship. It tells us that boycotts can force all sorts of things off the air, regardless of content. Is that censorship? I have no idea, because the stimulus didn't define censorship for us. Only answer E does that. Maybe forcing a show off the air, other than by government action, is not censorship, but is just normal market forces at work, part of a free and fair capitalistic society? Maybe there is another name for that, other than censorship?

Remain focused on the conclusion that you want to justify. If you want to prove that a boycott is a type of censorship, pick an answer that makes that connection for you, clearly and unambiguously.

I hope that helped! Good luck with your continued studies!
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