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On Criticism and Bias


 

"I've no problem with someone developing a legitimate bias or even engaging it in his criticism. But I then regard such criticism as biased, and therefore poor.

Biased and unbiased criticism are not the same thing."


Usenet post from the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology.

Source: Repost of Reply to "ITALY: Scientology raided in Sardinia"

Enzo Piccone <enzo@hermes.it>

Sat, 03 Apr 1999 15:06:39 +0100

Message-ID: <3706206F.3FBD@hermes.it>

I've no problem with someone developing a legitimate bias or even engaging it in his criticism. But I then regard such criticism as biased, and therefore poor.

Biased and unbiased criticism are not the same thing.

There is such a thing as objective criticism -- whether or not the person also has a bias.

There's also such a thing as balance, where balance is merited.

Why does it seem so difficult to find someone who can comment critically about Scn without at the same time engaging his bias?

Why don't we see more critics here applying greater objectivity -- or, as in the case of some, any at all?

Why don't we see more critics here able and willing to comment favorablyabout anything in Scn which might merit such favorable commentary?

In other words, the *degree* of bias tends to be repulsive. As is the liberty with which so many here consider they are right to engage in it.

I've read that there may be tens or hundreds of thousands of lurkers. Even if there were only a few hundred, why do you think so few of them become regulars or participate in the discussion at all?

I suggest the primary reason is the quality of the criticism, which produces a pervasive quality of discussion which is, as I've stated above, repulsive. 

 

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