Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 21:26 UTC
Features, Office People say I rant too much. I complain and complain, but never seem to really like anything. As I promised a few weeks ago, I will talk about things I love about computers. After explaining why I like to complain and rant, this column will solely deal with fluffy bunnies, green meadows, blue skies, and shiny, happy people. I promise.
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>However, the main point I was inexplicitely trying to make was that in order to run a site as OSNews as unbiased as possible, one needs to be detached from the subjects you report on.

That is an understandable, yet common misconception. You cannot hope to be unbiased about anything, ever. It's not possible. Since you have no strong feelings for any platform, that makes your bias one of indifference. Make no mistake, that is a bias, and a strong one at that.

Everyone tries to hide the truth from themselves. If you really want to be a great reporter, then don't, because you aren't fooling anyone but yourself. Acknowledge your biases, and report within the context of them. People frequently do that, and it makes for a much more reasonable story.

Example of biases: 1) Macs are the best, and all others suck, 2) Macs are a waste of money, and whoever created it should be shot, 3) I don't give a crap about computer platforms, and don't see the issue.

You can see that each point of view has it's validity, even though you probably agree with only one of them. They are all just a personal opinions. But to take the third option and call that unbiased is not correct. The third point of view is not any more valid than the other two.

>the best example of this is my love for Fiona Apple. I am simply not capable of criticising her music or her character, because she and her music mean too much to me.

If you cannot criticize Fiona Apple, then you must consider her and her music completely perfect, an ideal to which all other musicians should strive. If that's how you feel, then great. You are one of the few people in the world who has seen perfection. If you can say, I love her music except for . . ., then you understand that you CAN critisize within the context of your passion. People do it all the time, because perfection is so hard to attain.

When others understand your bias, and the context of your comments, and when you can freely discuss all sides of the issues, instead of ignoring others' points of view, then you will have more credibility.

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