Objective Writing

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Objective Writing

  1. 1. Objective WritingVicki Lague2011<br />Objective writing is fair and balanced. It does not focus on one perspective alone, but is inclusive.<br />
  2. 2. Objective Writing Defined<br />Objective writing is the kind of writing most often assigned and expected in colleges and universities. It provides an unbiased approach and presentation to the material. <br />In college, students do not write personal essays very often. They write objective essays, like research papers, lab reports, and analyses.<br />
  3. 3. Bias Defined<br />An inclination to promote a particular outlook, especially a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment: prejudice<br />An instance of such prejudice<br />Systematically selecting or encouraging one outcome or answer over others<br />The third definition is the one we are most concerned about in this class.<br />
  4. 4. Examples of Bias<br />A news article about an important issue that presents only one side of the issue and not the other<br />A news article about an important issue that misrepresents the other side<br />A speech that does either of the above<br />
  5. 5. Bias is all around us. Anything that gives only one side of a situation or issue is biased. Whether or not that bias is a problem depends on whether or not the originator means to hide important information with which he/she does not agree, hoping to persuade people without given them all the information they need to make an informed decision.<br />
  6. 6. 3rd Person Writing Is Objective<br />You can avoid the appearance of bias in your writing by writing in the 3rd person (objective) and avoiding 1st person (subjective). <br />
  7. 7. 3rd Person Writing Is Objective<br />In some cases, even 1st person examplesshould be avoided.<br />If 1st person examples are appropriate, the writer must be careful to return to 3rd person when the example is finished.<br />
  8. 8. 3rd Person Indicators<br />Using 3rd person personal pronouns, like he, him, she, her, they, them, etc.<br />Avoiding<br />1st person personal pronouns, like I, me, my, we, us, our, etc.<br />You/your, etc., which speaks only to the current reader and is also very informal.<br />

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