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Critical Reasoning: Paradox Questions

A demand for articles by internet sites that promote consumer products became apparent to the founder of a text-editing software company. The founder decided to supply a solution to the demand, and initiated the development of a feature that could condense and summarize a lengthy article, creating a version that was far less wordy, and more to the point, making it more practical for being published on internet web pages. Although at first welcomed by the managers of the sites, the feature proved to be disadvantageous.

Which of the following, if true, does the most to explain why the founder's solution was unsuccessful?



This answer choice states that the new feature had a price. Even if we assumed (although there is no reason to do so) that the program package was expensive, we would have no reason to believe that its cost made it disadvantageous, i.e., having a negative effect.



This answer choice attempts to explain the paradox by showing that the feature had competition. However, premise D tells us site managers found the feature disadvantageous, that is, it harmed their business; the paradox is not about a failure to market the feature.



This answer choice emphasizes the paradox in the argument. If people prefer easily readable and organized text, then it only seems logical that they would appreciate text created by the feature. This, therefore, does not explain why the site managers found the feature useless.



This answer choice emphasizes the paradox by revealing that the text processing feature must have been very effective. The fact that such features may have had a bad reputation is beside the point as we know the site managers used it before they gave their verdict.

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This answer choice states that pieces of text focused on marketing often use elaborate wording. The first premise tells us that the sites in need of text promote products. In other words, these are marketing sites.

Since the feature cuts down the wordiness of an article, it may actually harm the marketing ability of such an article, therefore, making it undesirable to marketing site managers.

The feature was an addition to an existing text-editing program, but one that the company demanded an extra payment for.
Soon after the feature was released, competing software companies began to develop programs that could perform similar tasks
People that search for specific information on internet pages always prefer the text to be presented in a form that is easy-to-read and well-organized.
Text-processing algorithms have a reputation of creating broken results fraught with grammatical errors, but in practice recent models were not shown to be any less effective than human content editors.
Conciseness is an important characteristic of text that appears on internet pages although marketing pieces rely heavily on descriptive and sometimes elaborate wording