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Which of the following best describes “bias” in a text?
How can an author’s background or personal experiences influence their perspective in a text?
An author uses a lot of emotive language and appeals to emotion in a text about environmental conservation. What does this likely indicate about the author’s viewpoint?
You are reading a news article about a controversial topic, and you suspect the author might be biased. What can you do to critically evaluate the text?
Consider the following excerpt: “Despite the supposed benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops, it’s clear they’re nothing more than a disaster waiting to happen. Without long-term studies on their impacts, it’s reckless to continue promoting them as a solution to world hunger.”
What can be said about the author’s viewpoint and potential bias based on this excerpt?
You’ve encountered an article arguing in favour of a specific political policy. However, the author disregards any potential downsides of the policy. What would be a good approach to understanding the full scope of the policy beyond this article?
Consider the following excerpt: “Although electric cars have been marketed as the saviour of our planet, they come with their own significant environmental footprint. From the mining of rare-earth elements for their batteries to the challenge of their disposal, these ‘green’ cars are not as green as they appear.”
Based on this excerpt, what can be inferred about the author’s viewpoint?