One of my favorite things to do on Twitter is to look at the responses to opinionated tweets. You can usually find an argument between people who don’t agree or an additional opinion that someone is adding to support the original tweet. You could guess that if there’s arguing under tweets there’s bound to be logical fallacies some where on Twitter, so for this assignment I went on my timeline and found this tweet. If you click the hyperlink you’ll notice that the response to the first tweet is missing, so here’s the screenshot of the full argument.
The Red Herring Fallacy
According to the red herring fallacy, a person diverts the attention away from the real issue by focusing on an issue that has only a surface relevance to the original argument. In this tweet, Erenozer takes the original topic of cheating and switches the focus from love and cheating to gender and cheating. His opinion definitely caused me to forget about the original tweet and made me pay more attention to his tweet and the argument he’s trying to make. I was especially focused on his opinion because his stance on men and women cheating is definitely sexist.
Usually, red herring fallacies are used to further explain an argument. In this case, Erenozer uses a red herring to steer the audience away from the focus of the original tweet. Even though I don’t know the actual intentions of his argument I can assume that he shared his opinion hoping to have others agree with his case. Once he realized that no one agreed and the general response to his opinion on gender and cheating was negative, he decided to put his account on private to avoid further rebuttal from the internet.