Straw Man

A straw man, also known in the UK as an Aunt Sally, is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of the original topic of argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.The so-called typical "attacking a straw man" implies an adversarial, polemic, or combative debate, and creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent's proposition by covertly replacing it with a different proposition (i.e., "stand up a straw man") and then to refute or defeat that false argument, ("knock down a straw man,") instead of the original proposition.
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  • 5 Myths of In-House Advertising, Debunked

    …; with the right advertising automation software and skilled operator(s) to learn the ropes, those are exactly the benefits that an in-house advertising transition brings to the table. There seem to be quite a few straw man arguments circulating about this ‘temporary phenomenon’ — here’s just a handful: 1. In-house advertising is an all or nothing switch…

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