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When it comes to critical thinking, fallacies and “dirty tricks” are building blocks of mental trickery and manipulation. Their use has become so popular and wide-spread, that the average reader often is not aware of their presence in some text. In that sense, I would take an example that the New York Times placed on editorial pages. This article is published on 12 November 2013, and the headline is following: Aid for Marseille and editorial board is signed as author.
The first fallacy in this editorial regards sweeping, glittering generalization. This trick is recognized in the very first sentences at the beginning of the article:
”This was supposed to be Marseille’s year to shine. After the European Union named Marseille the European Capital of Culture for 2013, money poured into...
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