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Misleading Vividness

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Definition

This fallacy is committed when someone explains something in vivid detail to try to make it appear more important than it really is.

Examples

"This vicious hate language that ruins the ears of our children should be made illegal!"

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Mr. Smith committed this crime. He brutally murdered and raped this poor innocent honor student in this heinous act."

Explanation

The first example doesn't acknowledge the First Amendment, which protects free speech no matter how offensive it may be.

The second example assumes that the defendant is guilty. Both the premise and conclusion may be true, but the detailed language proves nothing about the guilt or innocence of Mr. Smith.

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