Red Herring arguments are a diversionary tactic. The idea being to raise an unrelated or unsubstantiated issue to keep the audience’s attention away from the main point. It’s a tactic commonly used by proponents of DVR technologies, in an attempt to undermine high resolution IP camera technology.
1. A dried herring having a reddish color
2. Something that draws attention away from the truth or main issue.
origin. hunters dragged smoked red herrings across the path of the fox to distract the hounds from the fox’s trail.
An example of a Red Herring commonly used:
“An IP camera system is not as reliable as a DVR because if the Internet goes down, so do your cameras. But a DVR does not need an Internet connection, that means you always have your master recording onsite.”
(Note: you can see a cringeworthy example of this very same Red Herring being used by an online presenter here.)