A Response to McMurtry's System of Fallacy in the Media

Walter Ulrich

Abstract


In the Fall 1988 issue of Informal Logic, John McMurtry suggests that the current mass communication system "obstructs and deforms our thinking and our reasoning by a general system of deception" (p. 133). This essay suggests that McMurtry's view of the mass media is inaccurate. The mass media needs to make choices about what material it includes; McMurtry's description of the media could be explained by a rational theory of media agenda setting. Finally. it is argued that critical thinkers need to go beyond the mass media to make decisions; the mass media should not be expected to provide all arguments and viewpoints.

Keywords


agenda setting, mass media, fallacy, capitalism. bias, social structure, evidence, censorship

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v14i2.2540

ISSN: 0824-2577