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Complete Question Explanation

The correct answer choice is (E). We want to start here by thinking through what the author's argument is about modifications of film for distribution. The author believes that any modifications to the film are harmful. Specifically, the author talks about how dubbing, changing the speed, and commercial interruptions as some of the possible ways in which a film can be altered from its original form.

Answer choice (A):

Answer choice (B): Answer choice (B) doesn't help our argument at all. The author is trying to say that the alterations made are important, and impact the integrity of the film. Answer choice (B) says that the mass market technology for adjusting films for TV has changed to better reflect the original intent. That doesn't support the author's position that the alterations are against the original integrity of the film.

Answer choice (C):

Answer choice (D):

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. We want to support the idea that these alterations hurt the integrity of the film. Answer choice (E) does that by giving us a reason that one of the potential alterations (talking over parts of the soundtrack) hurt the integrity because all parts of the soundtrack are important. If all parts of the soundtrack are purposeful, talking over the soundtrack would hurt the integrity of the film.


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Why is E correct? I chose B. I thought that the authors argument was that any modification of a film for distribution alters the qualities of the film and the viewers perception. I'm not sure why E would strengthen this - does it just add another specificity to the film that any editing could mess up?
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Hi loveydog,

We want to start here by thinking through what the author's argument is about modifications of film for distribution. The author believes that any modifications to the film are harmful. Specifically the author talks about how dubbing, changing the speed, and commercial interruptions as some of the possible ways in which a film can be altered from its original form.

We want to support the idea that these alterations hurt the integrity of the film. Answer choice (E) does that by giving us a reason that one of the potential alterations (talking over parts of the soundtrack) hurt the integrity because all parts of the soundtrack are important. If all parts of the soundtrack are purposeful, talking over the soundtrack would hurt the integrity of the film.

Answer choice (B), on the other hand, doesn't help our argument at all. The author is trying to say that the alterations made are important, and impact the integrity of the film. Answer choice (B) says that the mass market technology for adjusting films for TV has changed to better reflect the original intent. That doesn't support the author's position that the alterations are against the original integrity of the film.

Hope that helps!
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Is it right to say that B wrong because regardless of mass-market television and video technologies improvements with their ability to present films in ways that conform to the intentions of the filmmakers, the film itself is still altered which is the problem posed by the author?
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Hey theamazingrace! Our author's argument concerning modification seems to be that any modification of a film for distribution is a detraction from the work and the filmmaker's intent.

Answer Choice B presents information that would actively weaken that argument. If new tech allows films to be presented in a way that better matches the filmmaker's intent, then the author's whole point about modifications necessarily detracting from the filmmaker's intent would be significantly lessened.

Your question seems to be whether B is presenting information that is irrelevant to the problem raised by the author. I would say no - it is not irrelevant, rather it lessens the problem raised by the author and therefore weakens the author's argument. Which of course makes it a bad answer for a Strengthen question.

Hope that helps!

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