Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Victor's Objectivity Example

The first two paragraphs in this Al Jazeera America article are significantly biased, pointing to one side of the story, and using language that makes the situation to be "obviously true. I've added bolded parts for emphasis, and to note certain parts that break the objectivity of the write of the story. However, just as we've discussed before and tackled the definition of "Objectivity," I really believe that there's instances where this lack of objectivity can be compensated for.

There must be a significant line between "fairness" and "balanced".

"$15 an hour and a union!" is the new rallying cry for low-wage workers across the country. Fast-food employees in seven cities, from New York City to St. Louis, walked off their jobs for four daysin July at chains like McDonald's, KFC and Wendy's. Walmart employees gathered to protest at the retailer's shareholder meeting in June, continuing a campaign of grass-roots activism that started last fall against the company. And just Monday a major strike of Seattle grocery-store workers was narrowly avoided.
The obvious problem low-wage workers face is inadequate pay; that is why their first demand is $15 per hour. But they also want a say in their work, hence the second demand, for a union. This dimension often goes unnoticed in the conversation, but the experience of working low-wage jobs is just as important as what they pay. These workers are fighting not just for higher pay but also for a labor market that brings them an element of dignity.

More can be read here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/22/low-wager-workerstrikeslaborfastfood.html 

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