Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Honest Bias by William Saletan -- This article in Slate reinforces my opinion about biases; and that they're natural, and you have to be careful when you are evaluating anything in life. (And this isn't just governmental political biases -- I think the biases apply just as much in science fiction fandom in its various forms and factions.)

And of course, bias plays in on both sides of any communication -- for example, both the news source and the news consumer. A Rush Limbaugh is going to have a conservative bias -- and you might ignore what he says entirely if you're a liberal, or interpret it in the most negative fashion possible, even when you might occasionally agree with him, or he's presenting a factual story. Same thing when you hear a conservative complain about the so-called liberal bias in the mainstream media....

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