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Originally posted by paradigm619
So we all know that trolls and partisan baiting run rampant in this and other forums here on ATS. I've been seeing countless threads and posts where people lash out against these "disinfo agents" and "ignorant sheep"
The term ad hominem has sometimes been used more literally, to describe an argument that was based on an individual, or to describe any personal attack. However, this is not how the meaning of the term is typically introduced in modern logic and rhetoric textbooks, and logicians and rhetoricians are in agreement that this use (equated with "personal attack") is incorrect.
Ad hominem abusive usually involves insulting or belittling one's opponent, but can also involve pointing out factual but ostensible character flaws or actions which are irrelevant to the opponent's argument. This tactic is logically fallacious because insults and even true negative facts about the opponent's personal character have nothing to do with the logical merits of the opponent's arguments or assertions.
Originally posted by KeepUptheMATRIXing
reply to post by 23refugee
No, it's not your fault that is why it is called an accident.
If you started eating the dog troll poop and then waived your hands around drawing attention to the mess you have gotten in - then it just becomes an accident prone person looking silly who is in fact covered in someone else's poop.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
So if someone doesn't agree with your point of view, they are either 'disinfo agents' or 'ignorant sheep'? Honestly!
Though I understand the general message you are trying to convey; you kind of screwed it with ad hominems... and it starts to sound more like sour grapes toward anyone with an opposing point of view.