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Discussion 6: Fact vs opinion
1919 unread replies.1919 replies.
Read each of the articles below and think about the way the information is presented. Is it presented objectively, or is it opinion? How does the way the information is presented affect your reading? Consider the language and the words choice in the article that is opinion. How does that contrast with the “news” articles?
Now, thinking about what you learned about expository writing, how do these examples fit in? Are some of them expository writing? Which ones? Explain your answers.
As in previous weeks, you should post your original post by Sunday (200+ words) and your responses by Tuesday (50+ words each). You must post before the folder closes on Tuesday.
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Read each of the following articles and think about the way the information
is presented. Is it presented objectively, or is it opinion? How does the way
the information is presented affect your reading? Consider the language
and the words choice in the article that is opinion. How does that contrast
with the “news” articles?
“‘Kid Nation’ Lesson: Be Careful What You Pitch”
On Friday, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the union that
represents performers but not contestants on reality shows, said it was investigating
whether the children on “Kid Nation” should have been covered by the union’s work
rules.
With “Kid Nation,” CBS confronted several new situations created by the fact that it
was working with children rather than adults.
If “Kid Nation” had been set in California, New York or several other states, it would
have been subject to laws that limit the amount of time a child could spend on the set
of the program each day. It chose instead to shoot the program in New Mexico, where
until this summer there was no law addressing children’s work on television or film
productions.
That is not to say that New Mexico had not contemplated such limits. Before CBS
took the 40 children to the state, its Legislature had already passed a bill that would
have outlawed much of what CBS had planned.
On April 3, two days after CBS started shooting the 13-episode reality series, Gov. Bill
Richardson of New Mexico signed the bill into law. It limits children ages 8 to 15 to eight
to nine hours’ work a day on television and film productions.
On the set of “Kid Nation,” the children regularly worked more than 12 hours a day,
and their contract required that they be available to the show’s producers to be
videotaped 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
But because the new law was not scheduled to go into effect until June 15, roughly
one month after “Kid Nation” finished production, lawyers for CBS have contended
that everything they did was in compliance with the law “in effect at the time of
production.”
But it is not clear whether CBS was in compliance. New Mexico child-labor statutes
limit children under the age of 14 to 44 hours of work in one week and eight hours in
any day, unless a special permit has been granted. […]
Source: Wyatt, Edward. “‘Kid Nation’ Lesson: Be Careful What You Pitch.” New York Times,
25 August 2007, B7.
“Sometimes, the Teachers Bully the
Students”
The government of Alberta has re-introduced its Education Act, which addresses the
issue of student bullying in schools. The bill affirms that students are entitled to
learning environments that are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe.
The government is to be commended both for its process in engaging the community,
and for the resulting new provisions.
For example, the bill’s definition of bullying acknowledges that bullying is intentional
and repetitive, and that it can cause harm, fear and distress to victims in the school
community. Moreover, the bill wisely addresses not just the situation where a student
bullies fellow students, but where a student bullies other individuals in the school
community. Such recognition that students can bully adults is important because
research suggests that students often bully their teachers.
Yet, the bill fails to acknowledge that the imbalance of power between teachers and
students creates an opportunity for bullying of students by adults. […] The bill ought
to recognize and address the possibility of bullying behavior by adults who work in
schools.
Source: Buchfink, Jaclyn, and Juliet Guichon. “Sometimes, the Teachers Bully the Students.”
Calgary Herald, 21 February 2012, A13.
“Jeremy Hunt: No Public Interest in Nude Prince Harry
Photographs”
Speaking to BBC News this morning, Mr. Hunt said: “Personally I cannot see
what the public interest was in publishing those.”
“But we have a free press,” he added, “and I don’t think it is right for politicians
to tell newspaper editors what they can and cannot publish. That must be a
matter for the newspaper editors.”
He suggested that the public should give the Prince “a break”, days after
the daily tabloid published photographs obtained by gossip website TMZ.
News: This piece deals almost exclusively with an opinion, but the opinion is
not that of the author. Rather, the author is reporting on the opinion of a
public figure (British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt).
What You Pitch”
On Friday, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the union
that represents performers but not contestants on reality shows, said it was
investigating whether the children on “Kid Nation” should have been covered
by the union’s work rules.
With “Kid Nation,” CBS confronted several new situations created by the fact
that it was working with children rather than adults.
If “Kid Nation” had been set in California, New York or several other states, it
would have been subject to laws that limit the amount of time a child could
spend on the set of the program each day. It chose instead to shoot the
program in New Mexico, where until this summer there was no law addressing
children’s work on television or film productions. That is not to say that New
Mexico had not contemplated such limits. Before CBS took the 40 children to
the state, its Legislature had already passed a bill that would have outlawed
much of what CBS had planned.
On April 3, two days after CBS started shooting the 13-episode reality series,
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico signed the bill into law. It limits children ages
8 to 15 to eight to nine hours’ work a day on television and film productions.
On the set of “Kid Nation,” the children regularly worked more than 12 hours a
day, and their contract required that they be available to the show’s producers to
be videotaped 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
But because the new law was not scheduled to go into effect until June 15,
roughly one month after “Kid Nation” finished production, lawyers for CBS have
contended that everything they did was in compliance with the law “in effect at
the time of production.”
But it is not clear whether CBS was in compliance. New Mexico child-labor statutes
limit children under the age of 14 to 44 hours of work in one week and eight hours
in any day, unless a special permit has been granted.
News: This is an example of a “News Analysis” article. It does not merely
report Who, What, Where, When, Why and How (though we do see these
elements in the top paragraph) but rather attempts to provide readers with a
better understanding of the broader context and complexities of the news
event.
“Sometimes, the Teachers Bully the
Students”
The government of Alberta has re-introduced its Education Act, which
addresses the issue of student bullying in schools. The bill affirms that
students are entitled to learning environments that are welcoming, caring,
respectful and safe.
The government is to be commended both for its process in engaging the
community, and for the resulting new provisions.
For example, the bill’s definition of bullying acknowledges that bullying is
intentional and repetitive, and that it can cause harm, fear and distress to
victims in the school community. Moreover, the bill wisely addresses not just
the situation where a student bullies fellow students, but where a student
bullies other individuals in the school community. Such recognition that
students can bully adults is important because research suggests that students
often bully their teachers.
Yet, the bill fails to acknowledge that the imbalance of power between teachers
and students creates an opportunity for bullying of students by adults […] The
bill ought to recognize and address the possibility of bullying behavior by adults
who work in schools.
Opinion: While the authors do report on the positions and research findings of
others, they are essentially putting forward their own position. Notice that the
opinions expressed in this piece are not attributed to others, as in the previous
examples. The opinions belong to the authors.

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