Bias

In their attempt to persuade, writers often make mistakes in their thinking patterns and writing choices. It’s important to understand these so you can make an informed decision. Every author has a point of view, but when an author ignores reasonable counterarguments or distorts opposing viewpoints, he or she is demonstrating a bias. A bias is evident whenever the author is unfair or inaccurate in his or her presentation. Bias may be intentional or unintentional, but it should always alert the reader to be skeptical of the argument being made. It should be noted that a biased author may still be correct. However, the author will be correct in spite of her bias, not because of it.




A bias is basically when an author is unfair or inaccurate in his or her presentation of something. In their attempt to persuade, authors often make mistakes in their thinking patterns and writing choices. This is because every author has a point of view. That’s important to remember. Every author has a point of view. Which is basically just the way they look at something, the way they see a certain situation. So because they have this point of view, naturally in their writing they oftentimes will show their point of view through their writing. And so that’s when a bias comes into play. And so it’s not necessarily bad for an author to have a point of view; they’re just naturally going to have one. But it is a problem when they start to include it in their writing, so that’s when a bias comes into a play. And so a bias is when someone ignores reasonable counter arguments or distorts opposing viewpoints. So you as a reader need to be aware when an author is being biased. So look for any clues, like when they only talk about their own arguments for something and don’t talk about any opposing ideas. Or when you are aware of another viewpoint, and they share the viewpoint, but they don’t share it exactly correct. So be aware of those types of things, and once you are tipped off once that a writer is being biased, you will know that other times when they present opinions, that those opinions might also be biased.

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