Distorted Thoughts, Untruths, and Fallacies

Distorted thoughts, untruths, and fallacies
Based on the understanding of:
1. The three great untruths:
a. “What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker”.
b. “Always trust your feelings”.
c. “Life is a battle between good people and evil people”.
2. The “distorted automatic thoughts”[which in the additional materials].
☆Find a news or op-ed-type article from a source you regularly read from [e.g., The Atlantic, the LA Times, etc.].
☆Once you have chosen your article, then you need to read and analyze it, looking for any of the distortions in thinking or adherence to the untruths; you should also look for fallacies.
☆Then, you will take your understanding of these distortions/untruths/fallacies and create an argument about a problem with the article overall [How is its overall message, given the logical issues that may be present, problematic? How do the cognitive distortions/fallacies create this problem? What are the effects of those reading the ideas in the article? What about those who don’t do the thinking/analyzing to identify the problems?] These questions are just to get you started, but ultimately you need to identify a problem with article as a whole and then identify some of the effects of that problem. This type of thesis does not need to strictly to the four elements taught in the last essay, but the basic premise is the same: You need a problem and then a few effects of it, as the effects show the reader why they should care about the problem.
[This is not a list of distorted thoughts, untruths, or fallacies. Your paper must have a thesis that synthesizes your analysis of the article overall, which is based on the distorted thoughts, untruths, and fallacies. That means you must analyze these logical issues and then determine a problem with the message of the article. Again, the essay should not read like a list.]
The article needs to be a lengthier one, when you print the article, not including any ads, the text should take up at least four pages.
Correct MLA formatted citations, both in the text and in a Works Cited page
Clear sense of purpose or thesis that supporting details are effectively connected to
Smooth transitions between paragraphs and sentences to establish a smooth, even flow
A complete [two-part] introduction to hook your reader and introduce your argument/topic
Demonstrated ability to conduct and analyze an article and effectively incorporate it into your own argument
Supporting ideas that prove the thesis/purpose and build off each other
Quotes that are correctly integrated into your own structured sentences
A conclusion that leaves the reader with something to think about
Sentences that vary in length, structure, and style
Sentences that correctly incorporate underutilized punctuation [em dashes, colons, etc.]
Five or less major mechanical errors

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