Stereotyping and the Logical Fallicies

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Frederick Howard
Giovanni Colombo
Informal Logic

Stereotypes and rhetoric

1 Types of People and Stereotypes


People are always judged by what they do. It doesn't make a difference if your personality matches others in the same profession or hobby, you are stereotyped by what you do. It's common rhetorical thinking, which, while it can be amusing and sometimes correct, is often incorrect. Computer geeks for example, for a long time were seen as losers. Then the dot com boom hit, the internet took off, and now computer geeks are seen as the saviors of the world instead of losers. Gamers are often seen as losers, although many hold high paying, high prestige positions. There are several groups of stereotypes that are going to be discussed in this essay. Politicians are seen as money grubbing, power hungry despots. It's well known that some politicos have been guilty of accepting bribes, and living the high life at the American people's expense. According to Mihalko, who mentions a common stereotype, “Politicians are cigar-smoking, bombastic, self-serving, untrustworthy individuals.” (Stereotypes: America and it's people, 2010 p2). It's seen quite often that people talk about politicians, and when talking about different bills in congress, a lot of people will say that the politicos will vote “as their pockets tell them to.” Basically meaning, whoever pays the most wins. Whether or not this is true is debatable, but it's a very common stereotype, common rhetoric that's passed against everyone of any political office. Tatooed people are also shown many stereotypes. Tattoos are viewed as outside of the main stream, as unnatural, and because of that, you see most people with tattoos being depicted as gang members, felons, or other trouble makers. In the words of William Green, “Tattooing is an important and critical ceremony of many cultures; an important rite of passage into adulthood and status within a culture.” (Politicians..., 2010 pg 2)...
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