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I'm putting together a pack of materials for English Language AS next year in bias:

"how writers/speakers use lnguage to convey bias, prejudices, feelings, attitudes, points of view etc."

If anyone thinks of anything that would work, let me know.

I've already got a great Daily Mail article on 'the sinister cult of Emo', and a few bits and pieces on gender.


Date: 2008-07-08 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
These are things you have probably thought of already but...

I have used one of Dr. Hadwen's charity letters in the past, or pieces from their ethical research magazine.

How about a sports report? The newspapers are full of tennis right now but you could use one from a local paper for any sport.

I quite like the Guardian music reviews from weekend TV magazine and they can be very subtle.

Hope some of that was helpful! :)


Date: 2008-07-08 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jehovah's Witness literature?

I also have a book about Hitler which is one of the most biased things ever written - I'd pop down to the library to get the exact title but I have just had a couple of stitches in an area that is aggravated by stairs, so if you want details perhaps you could remind me in a week?

Or do what our Sixth Form used to - invite opposing speakers in to speak to the class in consecutive lessons and then have a good old debate?

Date: 2008-07-08 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Or anything with stats where the negative stat is just as interesting. I'm making these up, but something like "1 in 4 men have beaten their wives" could easily be reported as "3 out of 4 men have never beaten their wives".

Date: 2008-07-08 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Party political flyers, perhaps? They often cover the same issue with radically different aims.

Newspaper reports on how we're awash with knife and gun crime, and none of us can leave the house without being hunted down by packs of marauding eight year olds. Might strike a cord :)

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie

Date: 2008-07-09 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe quotes from Gerry Adams & Rev Ian Paisley Sr on the same events would be a good idea?

Date: 2008-07-09 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooo, yes - that would be very revealing of 'slant' :)

Miners Strike, perhaps?

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie

Date: 2008-07-08 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd suggest some marketing/sales stuff as well - you may already have covered advertising, but there must be some stuff out there, websites for companies etc., where they're bigging themselves up and choosing phrases that put the reader in a positive frame of mind about the company. Perhaps also use of leading questions - i.e. the type of 'personality test' that Scientologists might persuade you to take - the way the questions are worded push you towards giving certain answers. Maybe I'm off track here, will have more of a think and let you know of any actually useful suggestions I may have!

Date: 2008-07-09 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you want some video - there's loads of Bill o'Reilly clips on the YouTube. He's got plenty of bias, prejudice and attitude.

Date: 2008-07-09 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Blummin work computer keeps eating my posts. I have some ideas and resources from the media half of my degree. I will phone if you like as I don't want to type it all again.

Date: 2008-07-09 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Talk to J Jonah Jameseson, author of such headlines as "Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?" and "Wall-Crawling Glory Hound". Theres a man who knows slant.

I want pictures! Pictures of SPIDER-MAN!


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