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Species of speciousness 3: begging the question

By Tom Chatfield  

Derek Draper, Labour adviser turned psychotherapist, has recently graced the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog with a piece on TV therapy programmes, one of which he is currently involved with. It’s an interesting topic, and an interesting post, not least for its reliance on a technique familiar to any regular reader of “defences” of arguably exploitative, voyeuristic programmes. Draper summarizes his case as follows:

[T]he most fundamental argument for TV therapy is related to the objections to it… I suspect there is an underlying, if often unconscious, dynamic behind many of the objections to this new “psychological TV”: that being…

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