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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The biased leading the Biased
by fretinator on Tue 25th Oct 2011 16:24 UTC
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I don't think the problem is bias as much as it is blindness. A biased person leans towards one conclusion, preference, ideal, etc.

However, a blind person cannot see anything but facts and articles that support the bias. I would use the example of Rush Limbaugh (and much of FNN). Every story, every fact, every EVERYTHING must support his bias. If Obama goes to war, he is a secret totalitarian. If he doesn't go to war, he is weak. There are no other facts for Limbaugh. Every issue is defined in terms of convervative rightness and liberal wrongness. If any in formation is found that is contrary, it is flatly ignored or "re-engineered" to now support his cause. I would say the same of Keith Olberman.

On the other hand, CNN is an example of a false state of being unbiased. They try to approach every issue in such as way that all opinions, ideas, facts are equal. I am sure there are times when they hear a total whopper from someone like Michelle Bachman and must be tempted to say, "Madam, you are crazy".

In conclusion, we are have biases, and we should be open about them. However, try to avoid blindness, where information we don't like is simply ignored.

And as for you, Thom - Mega Dittos!

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