Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Oct 2011 22:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Considering the polarising topic of software patents and related IP litigation is coming up a lot lately, I felt the need to write a few words on this thing called 'bias'. This word is being thrown around a lot, but I get the feeling many people are unclear as to what, exactly, it means. Because contrary to popular opinion, there's nothing wrong with being being biased. In fact, there's no such thing as unbiased blogging (or even unbiased journalism).
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Opinion vs Fiction vs Fact
by Mystilleef on Mon 24th Oct 2011 23:45 UTC
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Unbias, in simple terms, means not having an opinion. It means being objective. It means stating the facts ONLY!

It is true that there's absolutely nothing wrong with having an opinion or bias. Even better if your opinion is backed up with facts. Those kind of opinions are highly valued.

HOEWEVER, your job as a journalist is to do the research to root out the facts (i.e truth) and then present those facts (i.e truths) to me in digestable, accessible and possibly entertaining manner.

Just don't mix opinion with facts. Or even worse, masquerade opinion as fact. This is what has always frustrated me about osnews.

Gimme the digestable, accessible and entertaining facts first. Then in a paragraph, or seperate entry entirely, gimme your opinion piece and state clearly it is an opinion. I can draw my own conclusions and reach my opinions. Maybe I'm odd. But I don't appreciate being force-fed opinions.

It's irritating reading a supposed news entry and having to distill fact, from fiction, from opinion.

One last thing about OPINIONS, especially for bloggers or psuedo-news channels, if your opinion doesn't provide me with any value whatsoever, I frankly don't give shit about it. For example, I don't give a shit that you don't like chocolates, or that you're currently taking a dump.

***rant over***

Edited 2011-10-24 23:48 UTC

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