Have you ever seen a remarkably unflattering picture of a politician or other figure in a paper? Did you wonder whether or not this was the best one shot for the news item? Newspapers and TV programs tend to choose photos and captions for news items to suit their own views about a topic. Visual information heavily affects readers’ and viewers’ ability to take in objective learning content about current events.
Another way in which the media inserts its own bias into its learning content is through statistics and crowd counts, which are both very slippery kinds of numbers. One way in which you can help filter quality learning content in papers is to consider where the information comes from. Is it supplied by an official, an eyewitness, or a reporter? Each might have a certain bias of his or her own.
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