Trash Talk Tuesday: Either-Or

Time once again for us martial arts bloggers to learn:
1) How NOT to make a case for or against someone or something
2) Why certain comments set our teeth on edge
3) How to stay focused when discussing our arts

It’s Trash Talk Tuesday!


An ad in a comic book reads:  Either train yourself to fight using Sensei Rockum Sockum’s Home Study Karate Kourse and never get bullied again or continue living life as a wimpy little weenie!

If we really have no more than two things to choose from, there is no fallacy.  In this case, there is a plethora of choices.  Sensei Rockum Sockum hopes we’ll think being a wimpy little weenie is so intolerable that we’ll think we must buy his product to avoid this awful fate.  Always question the agenda behind an “either-or” statement and think of alternatives.

If you’d like to learn more, you can follow along in the book The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

Author: Joelle White

I began training in Karate in June of 2014 after a 27 year hiatus.

4 thoughts on “Trash Talk Tuesday: Either-Or”

  1. I used to see these type of ads in many comic books when I was little. But I never really gave it much credit. It kind of reminds me of the ads for the x-ray glasses and other novelty items that used to advertise in comics as well. Looks good on paper but falls flat in real life. So I would continue to be that wimpy little weenie until I can afford to get quality instruction by a true sensei. Not by someone I can’t meet in person. Besides I like to be part of a group where you can feed off others. This sure brought back some great childhood memories. Thanks Karatemama. 😎 All the best and full respect,

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