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well the definition of bias is........ when a person cares only about that one thing or person like lets say, my teacher perfers the girls in our class over the boys.
so also biased would be based on your own personal opinion
Best way to tackle this question is to use critical thinking to validate or invalidate each statement to either find the one that is not true, or by elimination of all the true statements leaving only the false statement. To critically analyse anything, ask yourself a lot of pointed questions about the object being analyzed. Here are some examples for each statement that you need to consider: 1. "Bias can be identified by the facts that the Web site includes as well as the facts that are excluded." Is this true? If an author had an opinion about something and he only told you the facts that supported his opinion, but did not tell you the facts that negated his opinion, would this indicate a bias? 2. "In a biased Web site it is often hard to distinguish fact from opinion and advertisements." Is this true? If you knew nothing about the topic, could a biased author convince you that his opinions were facts? Could he actually be trying to sell you something? Think about an infomercial. Are the people in these infomercials giving you unbiased facts? Are they trying to sell you something? Do the things they do and say seem like unbiased facts? Look at other advertisements. Does Bounty really pick up bigger messes than any other brand? How do you know? Did they actually show you every other brand picking up the mess? Can you tell just by watching the commercial that their "facts" about the other brands are really facts and not just their opinion? 3. "Knowing the background of the author or organization helps readers to identify bias and conflicts of interest." Is this true? Do you think that if you knew an authors background it would help you to identify any conflicts of interest? If you were reading an article about why postal workers' salaries should be raised, would the article have the same meaning if you knew it was written by a postal worker? Opps. I skipped the first statement. 4. 1. "Students may not use biased sources in their research." Is this true? Would you or another student be able to write an unbiased paper using research that was biased one way or the other? This is tricky. Really think about it. If you had ten articles that were biased one way on a topic and ten more that were biased the other way, could you use all of them to write an unbiased paper? I think if you ponder these questions a bit you will easily find your answer.
It would be extremely difficult to not use biased sources in research.
@stephie143 Not really. I have had several classes that required non-biased sources, one of which was Critical Thinking (PHL/251). Several of my SCI, COMM, and TEC classes required non-biased research as well. However, it is true that there is a lot of biased material out there. That is why it is important to learn how to identify it.
@jagatuba Right. I agree. That's what I meant. Based on how much biased research there is out there, it's often difficult to find non-biased research but not impossible.
Yep. It's easier if you have good resources to pull from. I belong to several academic journals so I can usually find unbiased work quite easily. But, (and I'm about to give the answer away here) you don't always want unbiased sources anyways. Sometimes part of doing research is getting those biased articles and pulling facts AND opinions form them that you can use. This is especially true when writing persuasive essays. That is the whole point of a persuasive essay. There will always be bias. The trick is to find enough to support your opinion without obviously ignoring evidence against it. Persuasive essays were actually my favorite to write in college. It's easy to write tech papers and such. Just report the facts. All you have to care about is your grammar and mechanics. Persuasive essay require much more thinking and usually much more research. To me that is much more fun that simply regurgitating facts. It's probably the same reason that I prefer writing fiction rather than non-fiction when given the choice, although both types are rewarding in their own way.
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