What is a Biased Essay?
A biased essay is simply an essay that doesn’t actually present both or all sides on an issue evenly. It doesn’t touch on the opposing side’s concerns or points. This means that the author of the essay wouldn’t need to address or challenge the other side and can simply ramble through their essay with little to no need of facts.
“What will I see in a biased essay?”
- Little to no facts supporting or defending their point.
- Sometimes no opposing viewpoint is even present.
- If facts or an opposing view is present, they are bashed or dismissed in favor of the author’s own opinion.
- Can start out with a point and spill over into rant territory. Note that this isn’t always the case, but without the need to structure anything why not ride the rant train.
You could say that a biased essay is more of a commentary. Sure you can provide facts for a commentary, but they’re not particularly needed. A biased essay might not even include data or information to support its own point. Why would it?
By taking out the fact that there is an opposing side on the issue, the author doesn’t need to defend his or her point and can just write to his or her heart’s content. Sure it gives a greater deal of freedom than having to research and structure your essay.
“So how do I to deal with a biased essay?”
You shouldn’t have to deal with a biased essay. It helps not to bother reading it, period. You could read it if you want a chuckle or feel like getting upset depending on the topic of discussion. Correcting the essay in question wouldn’t help as it’s likely that the person who wrote a full on biased essay wouldn’t care for why his or her paper is considered poorly written and the equivalent of a typed up rant.
Come to think of it, they would probably finish their “essay” and sit back in their chair, arms crossed with a smug look of satisfaction in their finished product.
Again, how to deal with a biased essay?
- Read a bit to see if it’s actually biased. If it is, don’t entertain it further.
- Suggest to the author—if they’re around—that their essay is one-sided. They might not even care and you probably would be wasting breath, but it doesn’t hurt to help…most of the time.
“How can I avoid writing a biased essay?”
To avoid writing biased essays simply follow these steps or include them in your writing process:
- Research, research, research! Make sure you have information for your point in the argument while at the same time acknowledging the opposing side’s argument. This will help in structuring your drafts, establishing the flow of your essay, and will give your essay meat.
- Follow the structure you’ve laid out in drafts to the “T”. Don’t go off on tangents. Your essay isn’t a casual conversation with the reader.
- Be sure to address the opposing side’s argument in a civil matter. Don’t simply “blast” or “run down” their point of view on a subject. This makes your essay one-sided.