Objective vs. Subjective

Subjective information or writing is based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and judgment. It is often considered ill-suited for scenarios like news reporting or decision making in business or politics. Objective information or analysis is fact-based, measurable and observable.

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Based upon Observation of measurable facts Personal opinions, assumptions, interpretations and beliefs
Commonly found in Encyclopedias, textbooks, news reporting Newspaper editorials, blogs, biographies, comments on the Internet
Suitable for decision making? Yes (usually) No (usually)
Suitable for news reporting? Yes No

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edit Objective vs. Subjective Reality

A popular thought experiment asks this hypothetical question: if a tree falls in a forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound? The objective reality in this scenario is that the tree did fall in the forest and made a sound. The objective view is not dependent upon there being an observer for the event. However, there is a school of thought in philosophy that believes that our perception of reality is governed by our senses, which are limited and flawed. Therefore, there is no objective reality that we can discern, and all reality is subjective. Reality is a social construct, a common denominator of the subjective experiences and perceptions of society forms our reality.

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