IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with "I" Statements

Episode 10. Objectivity

In this episode, Kathryn, Khary, and Rachel talk about what they’ve been taught regarding objectivity, how it can show up in science and journalism and among friends and family, and when aspiring for objectivity undermines nuanced and accurate stories about power.

Episode transcript

Discussion Questions

  • What have you been taught about separating facts from feelings? Separating facts from biases? Separating facts from opinions?
  • How do you make decisions about which media you consume? What role does objectivity play in these decisions?
  • What role does objectivity play in your reactions to the media you consume?
  • In what ways can a lack of representation/diversity in a profession (e.g., journalism, psychology, politics) skew the output produced by people working in that field?

Writing Prompt

How do you understand objectivity? What role do you think objectivity does play in society now? What role do you think objectivity should play in society now?

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  • APA: Intergroup Dialogue Project. (2020, September). IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 10. Objectivity. Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference. https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-10/
  • MLA: Intergroup Dialogue Project. “IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 10. Objectivity.” Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference, Cornell University, September 2020, https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-10/
  • Chicago: Intergroup Dialogue Project, “IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 10. Objectivity,” Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference, Cornell University, September 2020, https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-10/