Objective WritingVicki Lague2011 Objective writing is fair and balanced. It does not focus on one perspective alone, but is inclusive.
Objective Writing Defined 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. In college, students do not write personal essays very often. They write objective essays, like research papers, lab reports, and analyses.
Bias Defined An inclination to promote a particular outlook, especially a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment: prejudice An instance of such prejudice Systematically selecting or encouraging one outcome or answer over others The third definition is the one we are most concerned about in this class.
Examples of Bias A news article about an important issue that presents only one side of the issue and not the other A news article about an important issue that misrepresents the other side A speech that does either of the above
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.
3rd Person Writing Is Objective You can avoid the appearance of bias in your writing by writing in the 3rd person (objective) and avoiding 1st person (subjective).
3rd Person Writing Is Objective In some cases, even 1st person examplesshould be avoided. If 1st person examples are appropriate, the writer must be careful to return to 3rd person when the example is finished.
3rd Person Indicators Using 3rd person personal pronouns, like he, him, she, her, they, them, etc. Avoiding 1st person personal pronouns, like I, me, my, we, us, our, etc. You/your, etc., which speaks only to the current reader and is also very informal.