Response to Non-Literary Material
This essay will analyse, non literary material identifying examples of fact, opinion and implied meaning. Identify language used for specific effect, structure, and techniques used in presentation and layout. Task One.
Fact is defined as: - A thing that is known or proved to be true. Facts: - Information used as evidence or as part of a report, or news article. (Oxford Dictionary.com, 2013) Taken from the Daily Mail newspaper dated Thursday 21st March 2013. The front page (Appendix 1), reports the previous days Budget announcement by the Chancellor. It bullet points five measures announced in the Chancellors speech. These are facts in that these measures were announced by him in this speech. These facts will be proven by transmission on TV and radio, and their recording in Hansard (the record of parliamentary business). Page 12, (Appendix 2) gives various tables showing how tax and National Insurance changes affect income. The contents of these tables will be a fact in that they are a mathematical calculation based on known data, and so are provable as such. Opinion: - A view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. (Oxford Dictionary.com, 2013) Taken from page 61, (Appendix 3) of the same newspaper is a review of the previous nights television, written by Christopher Stevens. In this the author expresses his opinion on the previous nights programmes. In the first paragraph he states “Courgette flowers stuffed with custard and deep fried: it set the alarm bells ringing. Any kitchen serving that type of hallucination-on-a-plate must be running out of ideas”. This is his opinion as it is not provable that the programme has run out of ideas, in fact the same food it could be used to argue the exact opposite. These comments are based on Mr. Stevens’ judgement and taste, which might be very different to others. He is in no way basing his opinion on fact or even the opinions of other. He was...
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