Producer: It has been argued that, while the government should not censor television shows, the public should boycot...

Fiona on August 27 at 10:19PM

Why not A?

I don't really understand the answer choice explanation that splitting gov't censorship and boycotting is incorrect. Thanks!

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Victoria on August 28 at 03:05PM

Hi @lsatstudier1,

Happy to help!

The producer argues that the public boycotting advertisers of certain shows would be censorship. Why? Because public boycotts would lead to advertisers cancelling advertisements which would cause some shows to go off the air thereby restricting the shows that the public can watch.

What is the gap in the producer's reasoning? Why do they consider public opinion/boycotting causing shows to go off the air to be the same as government censorship? There is a big difference between the government determining what a television show can and cannot depict and the public choosing not to watch a television show that they disagree with.

In this way, we are looking for an assumption that connects censorship and boycotting. Answer choice (A) is incorrect because it does not illustrate this connection; rather, it splits the two and suggests that they are the only two mechanisms by which television shows can be restricted.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.