ERIC Number: ED105517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Art of Fact and the Art of Fiction.
Lynch, Robert E.
This paper argues that the distinction commonly drawn in freshman composition texts between fact and opinion is functionally worthless and presents students with a useless dichotomy. It is wrong to stress the difference between fact and opinion because it has led to the assumption that there is a style of writing appropriate to the presentation of fact and a different style suitable for other types of writing. The advantage of rejecting the conventional distinctions between fact and opinion in composition classes is that it forces the students to confront their own minds rather than hiding behind a facade of fact. Even in areas such as scientific research, historical investigation, and newspaper reporting, the ideal of objectivity is largely a myth. The use of fictive techniques in all kinds of writing should be encouraged. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (26th, St. Louis, March 13-15, 1975)