Would it be a hasty generalization to call the protests in 2020 riots when they did happen? Especially when statistics came out that the majority of protests were peaceful?

asked on Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 11:54:55 PM by Electrical

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No. The problem isn't drawing the conclusion; it's defining "riot." Riots can break out of protests, which they did, but that doesn't make the entire event itself a "riot." This is an area ripe with political bias and spin. One can legitimately refer to the event is 2020 as "riots" as well as "protests." We just need to keep in mind that they are referring to different events. The riots were subsets of the protests.

Implying that the protests, as a whole, were "riots," might be best characterized by the ambiguity fallacy

answered on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 06:48:53 AM by Bo Bennett, PhD

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Electrical writes:

Well when some people and media like fox news say "riots", it seems like they are implying the whole protest was a riot. Also, a lot of people when they heard the 2020 protest refered to as riots they automatically assume they're talk about the whole and not the part.

posted on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 02:29:49 PM
Bo Bennett, PhD writes:
[To Ms. Elyce]

These people are either misleading others or being mislead. For the vast majority of us who weren't there, we can only learn from others. The media can choose to show us peaceful protests are violent riots. The riots are more newsworthy.

[ login to reply ] posted on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 02:50:29 PM

What Dr Bo said is accurate.

An example of "hasty generalisation" would be "I saw two riots, therefore, all the protests were riots."

answered on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 08:14:47 AM by Rationalissimo

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Prof M writes:

If stated on conservative media, perhaps confirmation bias? Shoehorning?

posted on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 12:18:01 PM
Rationalissimo writes:
[To Prof M]

It depends on the wider context (what the exact claim is).

[ login to reply ] posted on Monday, Feb 22, 2021 01:19:03 PM