QUESTION TYPE: Weaken
CONCLUSION: Newspaper sales will decline once these electronic news services arrive.
REASONING: These services will lead people get their news faster and more efficiently.
ANALYSIS: This shows that this LSAT is a bit dated. This already happened in real life, and electronic news services (e.g. RSS readers, blogs) plus Craigslist did cause a huge decline in newspaper sales and revenue.
But, we have to weaken the argument anyway. The right answer points out that sometimes people don’t want super-specific news. It’s nice to idly browse.
- CORRECT. This is one reason newspaper sales still survive today despite the challenge from the internet. It can be nice to leaf through a paper.
- This is to be expected: newspaper prices vary too. But this doesn’t explain why electronic news services won’t beat newspapers.
- If 30% of people have never used newspapers then those people are irrelevant. The stimulus is talking about whether newspaper will lose already existing readers.
- This strengthens the argument by showing that the electronic services won’t cost more.
- This strengthens the argument:it will be easy to switch to electronic news services.
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