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Somebody think of the children ? [Nov. 17th, 2008|12:57 pm]
Bob Bain
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According to On Line Opinion (com.au) - David Jackmanson 17th November 2008

Talking to these people means we need to do far more than sneer at their concerns, or mock them with the over-used phrase "Somebody think of the children!", which is the misconceived title of one of the leading blogs opposed to Internet censorship.



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Think of the Children - Wikipedia

The phrase "for the children", or "think of the children," is an appeal to emotion and can be used to support an irrelevant conclusion (both logical fallacies) when used in an argument. The phrase may also be seen as a valid appeal to a moral value that may be the basis for logical argument or action.

"For the children" suffers from the logical fallacies of appeal to emotion and irrelevant conclusion. This argument can simply appeal to the listener's emotion by connecting an argument to innocent children that many people feel an instinctual need to protect. Using such an argument may not even be related to the topic. For example, a politician could claim that a policy to ban oil drilling would protect the children, even if the oil drilling was in the ocean. In this example, the politician is appealing to others' emotional desire to protect children. However, any impact it would have on children would be indirect, so "protecting the children" with this policy is rather irrelevant. It also can contain an abdication of responsibility of "think of the children, so I don't have to".

refer LEADING BLOG ( "Somebody Think of the Children" )
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