The Danger of the Anecdote- McGill Tribune column

(In which I discuss the problems with the example as political argument)

“The anecdote has its place. It is sometimes the only way to illustrate stark, numbing statistics to a reader. The problem with the anecdote, however, is when it takes over from hard data and honest analysis. In such cases, the anecdote becomes a pernicious a tool for lazy, deceptive, and distorting argument, on a par with any skewed statistic or appeal to fear.”

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