The Opinion : Post Truth And Its Effect On Our Political Society

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You’ve probably heard this statement ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself. Well, what if, you are not entitled to your opinion but only entitled to what you can argue for? For many years, people have always used the saying “I’m entitled to my opinion” as a way of avoiding new information or having to support their claim in a disagreement. My incompetence to defend this opinion does not oblige me to refrain from having it. Therefore, to some extent we are entitled to an ‘opinion’, however, some opinions are better than others. Just because we are of equal value in a democracy, it does not necessarily mean that our opinions are equal. Throughout this essay, we will cover: the basic definition of an…show more content…
“I’m entitled to my opinion” or “I have a right to my opinion” are some common rhetorical declaration that are made at some point during an argument (in text reference). Both statements exemplify an informal logical fallacy known as ‘red herring’ – used partway through an argument when the arguer goes on a tangent that distracts the audience, which usually results with the arguer never returning to the original issue. An opinion holds an element of belief, which is not always true and cannot be proven otherwise (in text reference). “Wayne Rooney is the best football player in English Premier League,” this is merely and opinion because some people might think there are other players in the English Premier League who are better than Wayne Rooney and it is not based on evidence that can be checked (in text reference). The idea that everyone is entitled to an opinion is a cliché and like many clichés it is in a certain degree false. An argument has two parts, a premise and a conclusion. A premise is a statement in an argument that provides reason or support for the conclusion, whereas a conclusion indicates what the arguer is trying to convince the reader. “This is so (conclusion) because that is so (premise)” is a clear example of how a premise helps justify the conclusion. An argument is a group of statements that includes one or more premises and only one conclusion. A good argument is an argument that is either valid or

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