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lookingb upb theb informationb orb maybeb evenb fromb newsb stations.b Ib don’tb reallyb likeb tob watchb
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misconstrued.b Whenb Ib dob findb outb newsb inb theb worldb orb what’sb goingb onb inb theb worldb itb isb
fromb socialb mediab butb Ib lookb moreb intob itb tob makeb sureb itb isb legitb orb correctb information.b Oneb
wayb thatb isb veryb commonb tob getb involvedb inb theb governmentalb processb isb byb votingb whichb Ib
haveb beenb doingb everb sinceb Ib wasb ableb tob dob so!b Ib applyb criticalb thinkingb whenb beingb
involvedb inb thatb processb byb justb thinkingb myb informationb through.b Anb exampleb ofb ab fallacyb
thatb Ib haveb seenb beingb usedb forb marketingb purposes,b commercials,b orb advertisementb isb
manipulation.b Inb thatb caseb peopleb areb manipulatedb intob believingb somethingb andb tryingb tob
takeb awayb fromb theb importantb information.b Ib enjoyedb learningb aboutb everythingb inb thisb class.b
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mainb sourcesb forb newsb is,b "Drudgeb report."b Itb isb ab websiteb thatb isb updatedb everyb dayb andb
linksb tob otherb headlinesb andb articlesb forb worldb news.b Thisb siteb doesb notb haveb allb ofb theb
world'sb articlesb orb anb archiveb tob reviewb theb previousb day'sb headlinesb sob sometimesb Ib haveb tob
useb otherb sources.b Whenb lookingb atb storiesb forb ab certainb eventb thatb happened,b Ib lookb atb theb
headlineb articlesb becauseb notb allb ofb theb otherb newsb sitesb areb theb same.b Someb sitesb willb
displayb theirb Ideasb andb beliefb inb theb headlineb alone.b mostb timesb Ib dob haveb tob readb multipleb
articlesb tob tryb andb understandb theb fullb storyb whileb tryingb tob strainb theb emotionb thatb isb addedb
byb theb authors.b theb sameb canb beb saidb whenb lookingb atb yourb involvementb withb theb
governmentb process,b itb isb importantb tob analyzeb partiesb andb findb outb whatb theirb intentionsb are.b
sob youb mayb takeb partb inb votingb forb people,b bills,b andb otherb propsb thatb mayb affectb theb futureb
ofb theb country.b Advertisementsb areb usedb byb manyb peopleb forb productsb andb companies.b theb
pointb ofb itb isb tob makeb ab productb seenb more,b manyb ofb theb advertisementsb web seeb todayb allb
shareb oneb thing,b fallacies.b Oneb ofb theb mostb commonb fallaciesb thatb Ib haveb seenb inb adsb isb theb
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aboutb notb purchasingb ab productb orb tryb tob addb ab storyb aboutb howb ab productb savedb theirb life,b
thisb fallacyb mostlyb appearsb inb adsb forb medicalb products,b charities,b andb schools.b whileb theseb
fallaciesb canb resultb inb purchasesb itb isb ultimatelyb upb tob theb consumerb tob purchaseb products,b
butb thereb areb ab lotb ofb strategiesb thatb areb usedb tob coaxb ab consumerb intob impulseb purchases.b Ib
alreadyb considerb myselfb ab mindfulb consumer,b Ib usuallyb putb myselfb onb ab weeklyb budgetb andb
ifb Ib exceedb thatb budgetb thenb Ib don'tb allowb myselfb tob makeb anyb moreb purchases.b Oneb thingb Ib
couldb dob isb askb myselfb ifb thisb productb hasb anyb useb tob me,b manyb ofb theb productsb Ib dob
purchaseb areb temporaryb self-indulgencesb likeb fastb food.b oneb thingb thatb confusesb me,b asb itb
alwaysb has,b isb theb wholeb politicalb process,b whyb dob theb peopleb notb getb ab sayb inb theb peopleb
thatb willb runb forb presidentb orb forb ab legislature.b evenb thoughb web areb notb ab directb democracyb
butb ab representativeb democracy,b whyb canb theb peopleb haveb ab sayb inb whob tob electb asideb fromb
theb presidentb orb theb governor?b Whenb itb comesb tob receivingb news,b Ib normallyb getsb mostb ofb
myb newsb fromb newsb channels,b facebook,b andb worldb newsb apps.b Oneb wayb Ib analyzeb whatb Ib
hear,b read,b andb viewb isb byb viewingb differentb sourcesb tob seeb ifb theyb allb areb givingb theb sameb
information.b Ib thenb takeb bitsb andb piecesb fromb eachb sourceb thatb oneb sourceb mightb notb reportb
andb putb itb together.
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candidateb hasb tob offerb theb peopleb andb waysb itb canb benefitb usb asb ab whole.b Whenb applyingb
criticalb thinking,b youb haveb tob thinkb aboutb theb futureb andb whatb goodb andb badb couldb happenb
whenb pickingb theb rightb personb tob voteb for.b Votingb andb pickingb theb wrongb personb couldb causeb
ab lotb changesb thatb couldb effectb ab personb lifeb inb ab majorb way.b oneb wayb tob ensureb youb helpb theb
rightb personb tob winb isb byb gettingb outb andb campaigningb andb lettingb otherb knowb theb
importanceb ofb voting.
Anb exampleb ofb fallacyb isb hairb companiesb thatb saleb hairb extensionsb atb beautyb supplyb stores.b
Differentb beautyb storeb usesb differentb typesb ofb commercialsb tob helpb withb advertisementsb andb
salesb ofb theirb hairb products.b Theb advertisementb ofb theb productsb helpb peopleb tob seeb differentb
typesb ofb hairb extensionsb thatb customersb mightb wantb tob buy.b Ib useb tob thinkb thatb allb beautyb
storesb soldb ab niceb bundlesb ofb hairb untilb Ib startedb buyingb itb andb itb wasn'tb actuallyb niceb hair.b Itb
wasb totallyb ab wasteb ofb moneyb butb theb commercialsb andb advertisementb madeb meb wantb tob startb
buyingb theirb items.
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argumentsb activities.b Ib reallyb enjoyedb thisb activityb becauseb itb helpb tob understandb differentb
typesb ofb waysb tob conductb anb argument.b Andb theb importanceb ofb gettingb yourb pointb acrossb
withoutb defendingb anotherb person.b Theb activityb Ib wouldb sayb wasb theb hardestb wouldb beb
reason,b emotions,b andb communication.b Ib chooseb thisb oneb becauseb Ib wasb kindb ofb hardb tryingb
tob understandb differentb emotions,b reasons,b andb waysb tob communicate.b Withb thisb activityb youb
haveb tob putb inb ab lotb ofb timeb tob understandb whatb itb isb thatb theb assignmentb isb asking.b It'sb hardb
tob believeb thatb web areb closingb inb onb theb lastb weekb ofb thisb courseb especiallyb becauseb Ib haveb sob
muchb moreb tob learn.b Applyingb asb manyb ofb theb criticalb thinkingb skillsb asb Ib canb eachb dayb isb
definitelyb somethingb Ib amb takingb withb me.b Asb farb asb whereb Ib getb theb newsb fromb Ib likeb tob readb
theb newsb online;b whetherb thatb isb fromb Foxb News,b CNN,b Wallb Streetb Journal,b orb otherb newsb
outlets.b It'sb easierb forb meb tob digestb andb analyzeb whatb Ib amb readingb insteadb ofb watchingb theb
newsb onb theb televisionb asb Ib amb notb reallyb intob televisionb orb evenb closeb tob beingb ab "tvb junkie."b
Beingb ableb tob readb andb understandb myb ownb interpretationb ofb theb newsb seemsb tob helpb meb
more.
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Reallyb theb onlyb wayb thatb Ib haveb beenb involvedb isb byb voting;b whichb isb meb justb doingb myb partb
insteadb ofb reallyb gettingb activelyb involvedb withb otherb issuesb orb policies.b Goingb intob theb
futureb Ib willb planb moreb tob getb involvedb andb tob helpb pushb throughb theb thingsb Ib believeb in.
Whenb itb comesb tob fallaciesb andb advertisements,b Ib rememberb whenb Ib usedb tob believeb thatb
almostb everyb cosmeticb productsb wereb goingb tob makeb meb lookb likeb theb actressb onb theb
commercial.b Thatb allb theb shampoob andb hairb productsb wouldb makeb myb hairb amazingb andb thatb
moisturizesb wouldb makeb myb skinb flawlessb andb Ib wasb naiveb enoughb tob believeb theb moreb
expensesb theyb wereb theb moreb itb meantb theyb wouldb work.b Ha!b Sillyb goose!b Definitelyb findingb
clarity,b understandingb fallacies,b andb doingb researchb helpedb meb getb outb ofb thisb mindset.
Myb favoriteb activityb fromb thisb classb sob farb hasb beenb theb discussionsb aroundb theb lessonsb web
areb allb workingb on.b Thereb isn'tb muchb betterb learningb aboutb beingb ab criticalb thinkerb thanb
gettingb tob readb andb hearb othersb perspectives.b Beingb ableb tob takeb whatb othersb sayb orb howb theyb
viewb things,b reallyb engagingb andb communicatingb canb helpb allb ofb beb betterb criticalb thinkers.
Thereb arenb ab coupleb ofb areasb thatb Ib needb tob workb onb goingb forwardb andb thatb isb theb clarityb andb
notb justb assumingb Ib knowb whatb theb otherb personb isb askingb butb tob reallyb digb deep,b askb theb
rightb questionsb andb thenb makeb soundb decisions.b Theb otherb pieceb tob thatb forb meb isb tob takeb myb
timeb andb reallyb analyzeb whatb isb beingb discussed,b breakingb theb conversationb downb andb usingb
reasoning!b Thatb isb definitelyb somethingb Ib needb tob practiceb dailyb sob thatb Ib canb beb ab betterb
criticalb thinker;b otherwiseb Ib justb endb upb inb anb argumentb andb emotional.b Inb thisb dayb inb ageb Ib
getb ab lotb ofb myb newb fromb socialb media.b Ib usedb tob watchb ab lotb ofb newsb butb withb everythingb
goingb onb thisb yearb itb wasb ab bitb depressing,b sob Ib steppedb awayb fromb theb tv.b Noneb theb less,b
socialb mediab mayb notb beb theb bestb alternative.b Twitterb isb ab bigb newsb outletb andb whetherb orb notb
theb informationb isb correct,b ab lotb ofb governmentb officialsb useb thisb platformb tob reachb theirb
audience.b Whenb Ib seeb andb hearb certainb thingsb Ib takeb themb withb ab grainb ofb saltb atb first,b
consideringb whereb Ib gotb theb newsb from.b Mostb ofb theb timeb Ib dob furtherb researchb butb thereb hasb
definitelyb beenb informationb thatb wasb misunderstoodb orb incorrect.
Theb electionb ofb 2020b isb probablyb theb firstb wayb Ib haveb beenb involvedb inb theb governmentalb
process.b Withb itb beingb oneb ofb theb mostb popularb electionsb inb historyb Ib wantedb tob makeb sureb Ib
wasb confidentb withb myb vote.b Ib appliedb ab lotb ofb criticalb thinkingb duringb theb wholeb process.b
Afterb evaluatingb myb morals,b personalb financialb situationb andb possibleb outcomesb forb myb
futureb Ib wasb ableb tob makeb ab decision.
Anb exampleb ofb ab fallacyb I'veb seenb usedb inb ab commercialb advertisementb isb fallacyb ofb accent.b
Inb theb Snickersb commercialsb theb famousb sayingb isb "You'reb notb youb whenb you'reb hungry,b eatb
ab snickers"b Forb some,b beingb hungryb putsb youb inb ab badb mood,b thisb brandb claimsb thatb ifb you'reb
"hangry"b ab snickersb willb getb youb backb tob normal.b Oneb thingb Ib willb dob tob becomeb ab moreb
mindfulb consumerb isb research.b Beforeb purchasingb fromb ab newb brand,b Ib wantb tob knowb whereb
theb productsb areb made,b theb brandsb moralsb andb theb researchb thatb theyb haveb done.
Myb favoriteb thingb fromb thisb courseb wasb weekb 2b whichb wasb alsob theb mostb difficultb partb ofb
thisb course.b Theb reasonb forb thisb isb becauseb I'mb sob gladb thisb courseb taughtb meb howb tob useb
reasonb andb emotionb whenb itb comesb tob criticalb thinking.b Theb hardb partb aboutb thisb isb
implementingb itb intob myb everydayb life.b Fromb notb conformingb tob whatb everyoneb elseb doesb tob
controllingb myb angerb andb blameb whenb Ib becomeb stressed.b Unfortunatelyb Ib getb myb newsb likeb
mostb peopleb byb gettingb alertsb onb myb phone.b Thisb isb veryb convenientb butb alsob notb alwaysb
seeingb theb rightb story.b Ib willb getb eitherb CNN,b USAtoday,b orb TIME.b Theseb areb allb qualityb
sourcesb butb alsob willb haveb thereb ownb spinb onb theb stories,b sob itb isb toughb tob believeb whichb isb
theb "right"b news.
Gettingb involvedb inb governmentb forb theb averageb personb isn'tb theb easiestb thingb tob do.b Ib wouldb
recommendb startingb withb yourb localb government,b thisb willb giveb youb ab betterb ideab ofb howb theb
"average"b citizenb canb startb tob makeb ab difference.b Thisb wayb willb helpb youb startb tob seeb theb
processb ofb localb governmentb andb canb seeb theb processb onb ab smallerb scale.b Asb forb tryingb tob beb
ab partb ofb "big"b governmentb isn'tb asb easy.b Thisb wouldb takeb someb timeb tob getb intob andb leaveb
yourb make.b Ib amb notb sayingb itb can'tb beb done,b butb ratherb thatb itb justb takesb time.
Myb favoriteb activityb inb theseb lastb fiveb weeksb hasb beenb doingb thisb weeklyb discussion.b Itb isb
niceb tob seeb whatb othersb opinionsb areb onb theb sameb topicsb web allb areb writingb about.b Ifb Ib amb
beingb honestb Ib stillb getb mostb ofb myb informationb fromb CNNb andb newspaperb articles,b Ib alsob
checkb linksb thatb peopleb shareb onb Facebookb fromb majorb newsb outletsb aroundb theb world,b
Whichb isb prettyb cool.b Ib dob thinkb withb informationb beingb sob easilyb accessibleb web takeb itb forb
grantedb atb timesb andb overb lookb checkingb forb validity.b Beforeb thisb classb Ib wasb alwaysb curiousb
butb skepticalb aboutb theb informationb Ib saw.b Afterb ab fewb weeksb ofb thisb classb Ib startedb
becomingb moreb ofb ab factb checker,b Ib lookb atb multipleb sourcesb tob confirmb validityb ofb
informationb Ib see.b Ib makeb sureb tob checkb moreb credibleb domainsb suchb asb .edub andb .gov.b
Asb ab citizenb Ib tendb tob lookb atb myb stateb representatives,b mayorsb andb publicb officialsb andb
researchb theirb policies,b ideasb andb character.b Ib haveb neverb beenb oneb tob voteb forb someoneb
simplyb basedb onb theb theb tribalb systemb ofb republicanb orb democrat.b Ib likeb tob knowb theb
individualb andb howb theyb canb helpb theb majorityb overb theb minority.b Ib takeb ab veryb logicalb
approachb tob thisb aspectb ofb myb lifeb andb tendb tob blockb outb theb noiseb ofb theb mediab whob favorsb
oneb orb theb other.Beatsb Headphonesb tendb tob useb ab falseb authorityb fallacyb whenb advertisingb
theirb products.b Theyb payb famousb musiciansb andb athletesb millionsb ofb dollarsb tob endorseb theirb
product.b Inb myb opinionb theirb areb dozensb ofb farb superiorb headphonesb onb theb marketb thatb areb
lessb expensive.b Beatsb areb stillb thrivingb thoughb becauseb ofb theb successb ofb theb fallacyb theyb areb
usingb throughb marketingb techniques.Chapterb 10b wasb veryb helpfulb inb notb beingb sob impulsiveb
asb ab consumer.b Ib willb beb moreb mindfulb ofb marketingb strategiesb andb pickb upb prescriptionsb atb
theb drive-thrub windowb asb wellb asb avoidb feelingb anyb irrationalb guilt.b Makingb listsb whenb
shoppingb alsob helpsb meb stayb focused.b Ib honestlyb thinkb justb beingb educatedb asb tob whatb certainb
retailersb intentionsb areb isb halfb theb battle.Myb favoriteb conceptb wasb alsob theb mostb inb depthb orb
challengingb onb forb me.b Itb wasb exploringb howb tob identifyb andb makeb ab validb andb soundb
argument.b Thereb wereb sob manyb differentb workingb partsb andb waysb tob getb tob ab validb argumentb
andb sob manyb thingsb tob lookb outb forb whenb identifyingb ab faultyb one.b Ib getb mostb ofb myb newsb offb
socialb media,b Ib meanb theyb dob knowb beforeb theb realb newsb reportersb knowb anything,b Ib analyzeb
inb myb pointb ofb viewb ofb theb situations.b Ib don'tb putb myb inputsb inb becauseb itb don'tb beb myb
businessb tob sayb whatb Ib feelb orb think.b Theb wayb Ib getb involveb inb governmentalb processb isb byb
votingb orb beingb onb welfare,b gettingb assistanceb withb mb kids.b Ib thinkb aboutb myb situationb andb
theb nextb personb sob Ib don'tb actb beforeb Ib think,b Ib thinkb wayb beforeb Ib actb onb anyb situation,b that'sb
whyb itb willb beb sob hardb forb meb tob respondb orb engageb inb ab conversationb onb pettinessb orb ignitb
things.b ,b Ib learnedb aboutb areb Naturalisticb fallacy,b Inductiveb argument,b Prescriptiveb premises,b
Empiricalb facts,b Analogicalb premises,b Definitionalb premise,b Explanation,b Conditionalb
statement,b Independentb premises.
Ifb someoneb askb meb myb favoriteb activityb orb conceptsb aboutb thisb class,b Ib wouldb sayb asb ofb rightb
nowb Ib don'tb evenb rememberb toob muchb aboutb nothingb rightb now,b myb christmasb breakb beenb theb
worstb ever,b startingb withb theb passingb ofb myb moms,b thenb notb beingb ableb tob getb myb kidsb
anything,b ohb lostb myb jobb firstb but,b don'tb mindb me,b I'mb hereb andb blessb andb yeab Ib reallyb learnedb
alotb ofb thisb class,b startingb fromb fallacies,b premises,b theb differentb typesb ofb reasonsb forb theb
arguments,b theb purposeb ofb things.b Ib volunteerb atb theb foodb pantryb inb myb localb community.b Ib
analyzeb theb numberb ofb familiesb thatb willb receiveb donationsb thatb day.b Ib thenb estimateb theb
amountb ofb peopleb itb willb takeb tob shopb allb theb categoriesb andb bagb itemsb tob prepareb forb eachb
family.Ib amb fascinatedb byb Adb Hominemb Fallacy,b Itb isb identifiedb inb manyb ofb theb presidentialb
advertisements.b Ib findb itb theb easiestb tob identify.b Fallaciesb haveb madeb meb awareb ofb theb
marketingb schemesb thatb consumersb needb tob beb moreb awareb of.Ib enjoyedb readingb aboutb allb theb
fallaciesb andb howb theyb connectb tob differentb situations.
Theb mostb challengingb partb ofb thisb classb wasb tob ensureb thatb whenb youb areb writingb thatb youb
siteb anythingb thatb youb reference.b Ib haveb tob workb onb that.b Mostb ofb myb newsb comesb fromb theb
internetb andb television.b Sometimesb ib willb catchb theb 5ob clockb newsb orb skimb throughb googleb onb
dailyb topics.b Ib dob notb reallyb believeb mostb ofb whatb Ib hearb becauseb Ib knowb thatb biasesb areb
beingb usedb andb alsob fallacies.b Ib knowb thatb someb ofb theb informationb isb credibleb whileb mostb ofb
itb isb basedb onb opinions.b Theb bestb waysb tob getb involvedb intob theb governmentalb processb isb tob
vote.b Votingb isb ab powerfulb wayb tob expressb yourb viewsb butb evenb thatb Ib amb skepticalb ofb
becauseb Ib dob notb believeb anythingb tob beb totallyb upb tob theb decisionb ofb commonb citizens.b Ib
personallyb believeb thatb ab smallb groupb ofb veryb powerfulb peopleb controlb everythingb inb theb
world,b exceptb ourb ownb freeb willb thatb is.b Ib guessb Ib amb ab conspiracyb theorist?b Theb mostb
commonb fallacyb thatb ib noticeb basicallyb everydayb isb theb fallacyb ofb questionableb cause,b
especiallyb inb theb beautyb industry.b Commercialsb forb makeb upb willb involveb actressesb whob
appearb lessb attractiveb withoutb theb productb andb moreb attractiveb withb it.b Whenb inb factb makeb upb
onlyb irritatesb theb skinb andb causesb blemishesb thatb makeb theb skinb relyb heavilyb onb theb everydayb
useb ofb it.b Ib dob notb useb makeb upb heavilyb butb tob avoidb beingb drawnb tob itb Ib justb focusb onb selfb
loveb andb care.b Datingb menb whob canb appreciateb theb naturalb beautiesb thatb Ib possess.b Tob wrapb
upb myb responseb Ib haveb nob favoriteb thingb aboutb thisb weeksb activities.b Theyb areb allb equallyb
beneficialb tob myb intellectualb andb psychologicalb growth.b Ib getb mostb ofb myb newsb fromb theb
mediab websitesb themselves.b Ib don'tb watchb theb newsb onb televisionb andb Ib don'tb getb ab
newspaper,b insteadb Ib eitherb gob tob websitesb suchb asb abc57.comb orb theb localb newspaper'sb
website.b Ifb Ib comeb acrossb ab storyb thatb seemsb incredibleb orb thatb Ib feelb Ib needb tob lookb intob ab bitb
more,b thenb Ib usuallyb gob tob anotherb websiteb forb anotherb localb mediab sourceb andb seeb whatb theyb
areb sayingb aboutb thatb topic.
Asb ab citizen,b Ib dob notb getb involvedb inb theb governmentb process,b norb dob Ib haveb anyb desireb tob
getb involvedb inb anyb ofb that.b Longb ago,b Ib cameb tob theb conclusionb thatb nob matterb whob isb inb
chargeb politically,b nob matterb whatb platformb theyb areb runningb on,b theyb don'tb careb aboutb usb
eitherb way.b Theyb onlyb careb aboutb makingb theirb bankb accountsb larger,b sob Ib avoidb thatb allb
together.
Fallacyb orb rhetoricb isb commonb inb advertising,b forb instanceb saveb 15b percentb inb 15b minutes.b It'sb
ab greatb andb effectiveb marketingb tool,b butb canb theyb honestlyb sayb thatb everyoneb savesb 15b
percent?b Ib believeb that'sb theb partb thatb makesb thisb statementb ab fallacy.b Maybeb I'mb ab bornb
skeptic,b butb Ib feelb that'sb usefulb whenb itb comesb tob criticalb thinkingb becauseb itb kindb ofb forcesb
youb tob researchb andb lookb forb moreb information.Myb favoriteb conceptb fromb thisb classb wasb allb
theb barriersb thatb existb inb people'sb mindsb thatb youb haveb tob beb ableb tob getb pastb andb beb awareb ofb
whenb presentingb arguments.b Socialb mediab platformsb likeb instagramb andb twitterb areb theb
primaryb sourceb forb whereb Ib receiveb informationb aboutb theb news/currentb events.b Itb isb theb
easiestb wayb forb meb tob accessb it,b howeverb thisb canb sometimesb cloudb myb judgementb aboutb theb
topicsb beingb discussed.b Ab lotb ofb biasb isb presentedb onb socialb media.b Becauseb ofb theb bias,b Ib
haveb tob applyb myb criticalb thinkingb skillsb tob seeb ifb theb sourceb isb credibleb andb providingb ab
validb argument.b Ib amb notb asb involvedb inb governmentb processesb asb Ib shouldb be.b Ib thinkb thatb
theb bestb wayb tob getb involvedb isb tob stayb informed.b Keepingb upb withb theb newsb andb currentb
eventsb isb ab greatb wayb tob stayb activeb andb engagedb withb whatb isb goingb onb withinb theb
government.b Criticalb thinkingb isb alsob veryb importantb inb thisb process.b Understandingb whatb isb
credibleb andb whatb isb notb playsb anb essentialb partb asb ab citizen.Relativeb tob politics,b Ib haveb seenb
ab fairb amountb ofb hastyb generalizationb advertisementsb andb commentsb fromb ourb president,b
Donaldb Trump.b Oneb instanceb specificallyb isb howb heb castsb allb immigrantsb asb criminals.b Thisb
cannotb beb saidb aboutb allb immigrants.b Criticalb thinkingb isb extremelyb important,b andb itb isb easyb
forb peopleb tob believeb thisb becauseb ofb Donaldb Trump'sb powerb heb holds.b Myb favoriteb thingb thatb
Ib haveb learnedb fromb thisb classb wouldb haveb tob beb theb fallacies.b Ib thinkb thatb identifyingb
fallaciesb andb beingb ableb tob determineb theb credibilityb ofb ab sourceb isb extremelyb importantb inb
criticalb thinkingb andb everydayb life.
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