Editorial: It is usually desirable for people to have access to unregulated information, such as is found on the Inte...

on July 15, 2020

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Isn't this argument making an unsubstantiated should statement in the conclusion? I feel like even though C helps fulfill the necessary condition in the conditional statement in the argument, there was no prescriptive statements claiming that accurate information should be useful. Therefore, C wouldn't be sufficient for the conclusion. Can some explain where my thinking is misguided?

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Shunhe on July 16, 2020

Hi @elawrencehenderson,

Thanks for the question! There are definitely some background assumptions working here, but I think it’s fair to say that the author assumes (and it’s not too much of a stretch to assume) that misinformation is bad, and accurate information is good and should be useful. And if we like to know the difference between accurate information and misinformation, and regulation of information makes it easy to do that, then it’s fair to say that information on the internet should somehow be regulated. So there’s a small leap here, but (C) still definitely serves as the best principle out of all the answer choices.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.