The text used to support an argument can be the argument’s downfall if it is not credible. A text is credible, or believable, when the author is knowledgeable and objective, or unbiased. The author’s motivations for writing the text play a critical role in determining the credibility of the text and must be evaluated when assessing that credibility. The author’s motives should be for the dissemination of information. The purpose of the text should be to inform or describe, not to persuade. When an author writes a persuasive text, he has the motivation that the reader will do what they want. The extent of the author’s knowledge of the topic and their motivation must be evaluated when assessing the credibility of a text. Reports written about the Ozone layer by an environmental scientist and a hairdresser will have a different level of credibility.


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