- What is the general theme or message of all of these quotes?
- What is the difference between an informed and uniformed opinion?
- How can you tell when an opinion is based on facts? On emotions? On personal experience?
- Which type of opinion is easier to argue against, an informed or uniformed opinion? Why?
- Are opinions ever “disguised” as facts? How? Explain.
- What role does the media play in the formation of opinions? Explain.
The ability to form and articulate opinions is extremely important in all facets of life. As citizens, people need to form opinions about political issues and leaders in order to vote responsibly. We must form opinions about social issues, and we form opinions about the people we work and interact with on a daily basis. However, simply having an opinion about a given topic is not enough. In this age of information, if we want to effectively share our opinions with others, we must be educated about the topics we are discussing. Whether writing a letter to the editor about a local issue or trying to convince your boss that you’ve developed a great business strategy or convincing your parents that you should have a specific privilege, presenting an informed, educated opinion is much more effective than sharing one based on emotion or personal experience alone.