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Appeal to Novelty
AKA Appeal to the New, Newer is Better, Novelty

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

Appeal to Novelty is a fallacy that occurs when it is assumed that something is better or correct simply because it is new. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. X is new.
  2. Therefore X is correct or better.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because the novelty or newness of something does not automatically make it correct or better than something older. This is made quite obvious by the following example: Joe has proposed that 1+1 should now be equal to 3. When asked why people should accept this, he says that he just came up with the idea. Since it is newer than the idea that 1+1=2, it must be better.

This sort of "reasoning" is appealing for many reasons. First, "western culture" includes a very powerful commitment to the notion that new things must be better than old things. Second, the notion of progress (which seems to have come, in part, from the notion of evolution) implies that newer things will be superior to older things. Third, media advertising often sends the message that newer must be better. Because of these three factors (and others) people often accept that a new thing (idea, product, concept, etc.) must be better because it is new. Hence, Novelty is a somewhat common fallacy, especially in advertising.

It should not be assumed that old things must be better than new things (see the fallacy Appeal to Tradition) any more than it should be assumed that new things are better than old things. The age of a thing does not, in general, have any bearing on its quality or correctness (in this context).

Obviously, age does have a bearing in some contexts. For example, if a person concluded that his day old milk was better than his two‐month old milk, he would not be committing an Appeal to Novelty. This is because in such cases the newness of the thing is relevant to its quality. Thus, the fallacy is committed only when the newness is not, in and of itself, relevant to the claim.

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 1,403 Total Answer Attempts   84%
 1,184 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 219 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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1,184 - Appeal to Novelty
23 - Appeal to Popularity
22 - Misleading Vividness
18 - Peer Pressure
13 - Appeal to Emotion
12 - Appeal to Common Practice
11 - Special Pleading
9 - Biased Generalization
9 - False Dilemma
8 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
7 - Appeal to Ridicule
7 - Slippery Slope
7 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
6 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Red Herring
6 - Fallacy of Composition
6 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Gambler's Fallacy
5 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Confusing Cause and Effect
4 - Appeal to Belief
4 - Appeal to Fear
4 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
3 - Begging the Question
3 - Genetic Fallacy
3 - Hasty Generalization
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
2 - Poisoning the Well
2 - Ad Hominem
1 - Burden of Proof
1 - Guilt by Association
1 - Fallacy of Division

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