Textual bias

One of the suggested topics for Part 2 in the Language A: Language and Literature guide is 'textual bias'.  Perhaps you have read a text and thought: 'This has been written with a particular agenda.' Writers write with a purpose. Often times that purpose is to persuade the reader to believe a certain ideology. Learning to identify such textual bias is part of becoming media literate. This is to say, if we are to read between the lines, understand the context of a text and analyze the use of language, then we will want to study subjective language.

Guiding questions

  1. How can we learn to identify biased language?

  2. How does the context of a text help us understand its biased use of language?

  3. Bias has a fairly bad reputation. Does good bias also exist?

  4. Is it even possible to avoid bias?

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