Illogical Snobbery

Part IV By : Wyatt Ahrens

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These ads display more logical fallacies (faulty yet persuasive arguments that can be overcome with logical thinking) that can be categorized as Appeals to Emotion, which I have discussed in my previous two articles.

The first example demonstrates Chronological Snobbery, where the advertiser argues you should buy their product because of the product’s age or the age of their company. This can work in two ways – appealing to the desire for things to be old-fashioned (e.g., ‘They don’t make them like they used to’) or the desire for them to be as new-fangled as possible (as in the above example). Any ad that cites ‘Serving our customers for over fifty years’ as a reason to buy from them relies on the fallacious idea that being old makes a product high-quality. Just as old doesn’t necessarily mean better, belonging to a new franchise or including new tech doesn’t automatically make something better.

As for the second example, which exhibits the fallacy known as Snob Appeal, the trick here lies in people’s innate desire to be part of the elite – the cool group. Advertisers using Snob Appeal frame their arguments to make it seem like buying their products offers you immediate admittance to this cool clique, and it is very effective. The issue with this reasoning, of course, is that being cool is a matter of peer perception, not of product quality, which means the product might make you seem cool but could fail to be useful, comfortable, or cost-effective – which isn’t very cool at all.

Brave by Natalie

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A Book Review by Natalie Ahrens

How would you feel if your home was overrun with strangers at Christmastime? That is the question that Milo Pine, whose parents run an inn in a creaky old house, finds himself facing. Odd guests begin arriving at their remote mountain inn, despite the holiday and impending snowstorm. As the snow builds, and they are stranded together at the inn, guests start to discover possessions have suspiciously disappeared. Despite their growing distrust of each other, the guests pass the time by telling stories, all of which seem to have odd connections to Milo’s home. Milo and his new friend, the cook’s daughter, Meddy, must unravel clues and uncover secrets about the house, the guests, and each other.

Greenglass House is a wonderful mystery, full of unexpected twists and turns. It is a book that is wonderful to read at any time, but it’s especially fun to read during the winter. The mystery is well-written, with a plot that feels like it could really happen. As the characters tell their stories, you feel as though you are there listening to them. Milo and Meddy are both relatable and funny main characters, and reading the book makes you feel as if you are part of their friendship. This is a great story for anyone who likes books about family and friendship, with lots of mysterious intrigue thrown into the mix.

Sonnet Of The Celestial

By Mars

Stars shifting like waves on the dark blue sea,
Rotating planets move in strong rhythm,
Somewhere in the stars is where you find me,
Sounds powerful like an infinite hymn,
If this wish is true this wish will be sound,
If this wish is blue I’ll wish it away,
Planets take a beautiful shape so round,
Stars long dead linger on in sight they stay,
Saturn Venus and Jupiter are loved,
Constellations tell stories never heard,
Down on Earth looking to the stars above,
Foggy haze is as elegant as blurred,
Dark and Empty yet oh so full of life,
If it dies, who would hold the killer’s knife?

Original Artwork by Francis

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