Argumentum ad hominem

Basically, this is what we all see everyday, not just on social media, but also in public discourse. Public discourse has truly deteriorated in today’s society, which is truly a shame.

Randomness Expressed

With 2016 elections approaching and the tragedy in France, I’ve seen a lot of debate on social media. Or at least have seen a lot of what appears to resemble debate, but is not truly debate.

First, what is debate? It is basically argument, sometimes formal, most of the time about controversial subjects. Formal debate is heavily based on logic and evidence. This brings to mind argument fallacies. Fallacies are incorrect arguments in logic and rhetoric which undermines an argument’s logical validity or more generally an argument’s logical soundness.

One of the most common fallacies I see is “argumentum ad hominem” – the evasion of the actual topic by directing an attack at your opponent. Examples include
– Republicans calling democrats cry babies.
– Democrats calling republicans greedy piles of shit.
– Pro refugee location individuals calling the other side fear mongers, un Christian, un caring, etc.
– Anti refugee…

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2 Replies to “Argumentum ad hominem”

  1. Thank you T. Wayne for sharing this. It is refreshing to read that others share my frustration and frankly, disgust at the level of public discourse in our country. It is obviously the worst on social media, but it is everywhere – in public service, on the campaign trail, in the classrooms, on the sidelines of our children’s sports. I don’t know how we got here and what is most troubling is how social media (especially Facebook) seeks to encourage it (just look at what stories they call “trending” – almost always trying to incite controversy) Sadly, it is easier to just call someone “stupid” or “idiot” than to actually take the time to read, to think and to be able to contemplate others points of view.

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