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December 2011 LSAT
Watching music videos from the 1970s would give the viewer the impression that the music of the time was dominated by...
on July 30 at 11:03PM
Can you please explain the correct answer
on July 31 at 04:02PM
Let's look at the argument.
Music videos from 1970s give the viewer the impression that the music of that time was dominated by synthesizer pop and punk rock. It is misleading because videos were a new art that attracted primarily cutting-edge musicians.
The author argues that our view of a certain concept, i.e. music of the 1970s, would be skewed if we form our opinion based on a specific aspect of it, i.e. music videos.
(A) differs from the reasoning in the stimulus. The author is not arguing that the view of the music of the time is inaccurate because only certain musical pieces survived but because music videos tend to gravitate to certain genres.
(B) presents an entirely different argument. The author is not saying our memory of 1970s music is good because many of 1970s music is still being played today.
(C) parallels the reasoning in the stimulus. Future generations of the publishing trends would be distorted if they only look at works published on CD - similarly to looking only at music videos.
(D) presents a different argument. The author is not saying our understanding of 1970s music is incomplete, rather it is distorted because it is based on only one medium - music videos.
(E) is the opposite of the reasoning in the stimulus. It is saying that the notion of fashion trends would still be accurate even if we rely only on TV fashion programs.
Let me know if this helps and if you have any other questions.
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