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1 Bias vs. Objective Battling for truth in a biased world.

2 Scenario… An exchange student has come to Lebanon High School from the Czech Republic. It is her first time visiting the United States on a student visa. As a result she spends Christmas in America with her host family. During a phone call home, her host family overhears her conversation as she describes her disgust of American commercialism.

3 Consider… How might her dad respond to this comment (he has never visited the U.S.)? How might her host family respond to this critique? Why might their responses to the conversation differ? What is it called when one’s perceptions are influenced by their ideologies?

4 What is Bias? A bias is a prejudice in a general or specific sense, usually in the sense for having a preference to one particular point of view or ideological perspective.point of viewideological

5 What Is Objective? Simply stated, the objective viewpoint is an attempt to present the most factual, truthful account of reality. Journalists attempt to use objectivity in their news reporting.

6 Checking Up! Read the following excerpts and decide whether each is presenting a biased or objective viewpoint. –There was a three alarm fire on Pedretti Avenue yesterday afternoon. –The soldiers should return home from the War in Iraq. –Stricter gun control laws need to be in effect. –MADD will hold their monthly meeting at Crowsley Hall tonight.

7 Answers… 1.There was a three alarm fire on Pedretti Avenue yesterday afternoon. (objective) 2.The soldiers should return home from the War in Iraq. (biased) 3.Stricter gun control laws need to be in effect. (biased) 4.MADD will hold their monthly meeting at Crowsley Hall tonight. (objective)

8 Discuss… In what situations do we see biased perspective? In what situations do we see objective perspective? How do bias and objective viewpoints influence our world today? Is the news biased or objective? Why or why not? Should teachers be biased or objective in grading?


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