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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RE: Comment by cb88
by slashdev on Tue 25th Oct 2011 11:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by cb88"
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Here in the US they push "unbiased education". However It just does not exist, Much to the dismay of my best friend who is an EDU major.



While i an unsure about US education stating it is unbiased(i personally havent seen that here), the US education system is large and varied, so their could be some jurisdictions who espouse that, and i just never heard about it. But:

And as far as reporting and journalism go.. the best reporter understands most of thier audience and gives a biased opinion that deals with those views.


I have to disagree with this statement. While i think reporters/journalists should, within reason, inform their audiences of any bias on a subject, I do not think they should change their reporting based on their audiences bias. It would be like Thom reporting on how bad BeOS is and how it should have died, or Thom reporting on software patents and how much he thinks they help innovation. Thom writes; we read. Thom doesnt alter his personal slant, for us. If he did, we'd see much less apple stuff, and Microsoft stuff, as i am sure his population of readers skew more toward anti-microsoft and anti-apple. Nor should any journalist (blogger/internet/print) do so.

Personally, I'd feel betrayed as a reader, if the person editorializing or reporting on a subject actually doesnt believe the conclusions themselves or over is emphasizing a portion of a subject because of their audience's bias, and not necessarily their own. If they are just telling me what i want to hear so they can get my eyeballs, I will be less inclined to take it seriously.

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