Intent, attitude, and bias

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  • 1. Intent, attitude, and Bias
  • 2.
    • Read the following text carefully.
    • What do the communists really want in vietnam? It’s a frequent question in Washington these days. And the answer? Some officials say it all depends on which communists you mean. The Hanoi Reds, the argument goes, want one things. The Chinese Reds want another. The Russian comrades still another. I find this thinking rather naive. Communists in Hanoi, Peking, or Moscow may have different ideas as to what can be in Vietnam or how to do it. But they all want the same thing: a communists victory and an American defeat.
  • 3.
    • Intent
    • To know an author’s intent we can ask the following questions :
    • 1. What did the author hope to accomplish by writing?
    • 2. Did he hope to amuse, to ridicule, to arouse sympathy or pity, to prove something, to tell a story, to state facts, to state opinion, to spread gossip, to moralize or to teach?
  • 4.
    • Attitude
    • To find the writer’s attitude, we can ask :
    • Does the writer consider his topic
    • a. Serious for 1. future consideration
    • 2. immediate action
    • b. Interesting or dull
    • c. Serious or nonsense
    • d. Important or unimportant
    • e. Worthy or unworthy
  • 5.
    • 2. What are his personal feelings about the subject?
    • is she : happy, sad, neutral, angry, disgusted, sympathetic, tolerate, or entusiastic?
    • 3. How does the author/writer feel about his readers? Is his writing directed toward mental inferiors, superiors, or equals?
  • 6.
    • Bias
    • Bias means subjective not objective.
    • example, when an author says that someone is servile, the reader is sure that the author is expressing an opinion since he uses a bad connotative word. (some words always have positive or negative connotation while others take on meanings in the text, by association with other words)
  • 7.
    • To recognize an author’s bias in
    • writing, considering the topic as a
    • whole, how factual are his ‘facts’?, are they solid facts, misrepresented or distorted facts, or merely opinions? is he being objective or subjective?
  • 8.
    • The attitudes you can detect in this passage is that the writer is :
    • a. An American b. Anti-communist
    • c. An idealist d. Living in China
    • Which word help you to detect the attitude?
    • a. Communists b. Naive
    • c. Red d. Victory