|Misleading vividness is a fallacy that is committed by describing an occurrence in sufficient detail to encourage a hasty generalization about the occurrence. That is, the vivid description persuades the listener that the occurrence is representative of a widespread problem. The fallacy is in the creation of such a misleading impression from a case that is unrepresentative or insufficient to generalize from.
Misleading vividness is similar to the appeals to emotion that we will discuss in later episodes but with the difference that it acts in combination with hasty generalization, and it creates its effect by piling on details about the case. By contrast, an appeal to emotion need not involve hasty generalization and may be lacking in detail.