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How to Write About Controversial Subjects
Certainly debate is healthy for the reader as well as the writer.
Opening a larger image of the subject at hand, a person may be able to reflect on another’s point of view.
Personal experience is very helpful when it comes to writing about topics that are controversial.
Thought provoking articles are popular, and timely articles are crucial to get the audience.
How does one write about controversial topics effectively? Number one answer in writing about contentious subjects is to be sensitive.
Controversy is complex in nature. Being objective and keeping a broad view of the subject is also important.
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer
Seeing both sides of the story are key, however one may be swayed towards one direction or another.
In writing about controversy it is imperative to keep it focused. Going off in another direction will only confuse the reader.
Subjects of Controversy
There are many subjects that are considered off-limits. These are some of the highest forms of controversies.
Talking about things like abortion or pro-life can bring out the extremists. Sparking the radicals and activists who have a lot to say about this or may have a huge stake in the outcomes can be pretty harsh.
Supporters of one over the other have been largely debated for years.
Picketing outside of abortion centers is common. Many of these protestors want to get their message out and will do almost anything to get the attention of the media. This may be one of the highest controversial subjects in society today.
To write about this matter, knowledge is important. Understanding both sides of the matter and then writing with clear sensitivity towards this subject is crucial. A writer may get caught up in the middle of huge controversy if their article is hugely favored in one area or another.
This is a personal decision on many counts so a writer cannot let unbiased opinions get in the way.
It is also important to remember that controversy of this nature is subjective so a writer should not take the comments personally.
Religion and Politics
It has been said to stay away from religion and politics.
Probably the largest areas of controversy, these two subject matters have the most highly opinionated and biased viewpoints.
In politics, there are the left wing individuals, the democrats, the republicans, and those who don’t really care at all. All of these groups have a lot to say when it comes to the politicians.
There is little respect when it comes to political bashing. Writing about politics can bring out the nasty comments. Those hateful speeches and rants about a person in office can cause defamation of character.
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to politics. Sensitivity and awareness is the essential ingredient in talking about this subject matter.
Timely articles and opinionated articles will bring out the most views but may also bring in some heated discussions.
Bashing religions such as Christianity has become commonplace in today’s world religions.
There are so many religions today and everyone believes their religion is the right one.
Writing about religion is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of subject.
For the reader, if the writing is about a faith they don’t believe in, they may choose not to read it at all. On the other hand, a reader may want to comment on another faith in order to spark some controversy.
The religion topics bring out all sorts of individuals from the radicals to the insufferable.
The Muslim religion is another faith that gets attacked in so many ways. What a terrorist group did on September 11, 2001 was horrendous. To use that incident as a way to voice their faith was atrocious. These were extremists and terrorists, that’s it. Today Muslims now have been categorized unfairly and that causes extreme hatred.
Writing about religion requires a levelheaded aspect of personal opinion. Caution is a key element because at the end of the day, faith is a personal choice.
“Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith.” – Thomas Merton
Whatever a writer says or doesn’t say may not make a bit of difference to the reader.
Every person alive today has some sort of belief in something. They may either believe in God or they don’t, they may choose to ignore religion or have many questions. Others may just be sitting on the fence wondering what it’s all about.
The pendulum of faith sways in either direction on this highly controversial subject matter.
10 Points to consider when writing about controversy
There are no step by step instructions of writing scandalous topics here, only viewpoints.
Subjective matter and observations in writing about articles that create controversy is all relative.
Here are 10 points to consider.
- Identify the type of article to write (opinion piece or personal essays, persuasive article, news report)
- Be sensitive to the reader. Know your audience.
- Create timely articles presenting the details.
- Present an accurate observation of the facts.
- Be creative and explain theories.
- Stay focused on the subject matter.
- Have knowledge, do the research.
- Be objective and autonomous. Be willing to take a stand and/or be corrected.
- Stay neutral, unless it is a personal piece or opinion then say that.
- Offensive behavior should not be tolerated.
To write unbiased articles, personal viewpoints have to be put to the wayside.
If a writer wants controversy, they may choose a subject matter like those mentioned and bring in personal opinions.
It is best if a writer stays on topic when righting about controversy.
Keeping the reader’s attention and focusing on the results, such as what is the writer’s objective? Is the article a personal piece, a timely news report, or a persuasion article? Keep this in mind when writing and be prepared.
Know your subject matter and understand the controversy.
A reader may choose to skip the article, comment on it, or ignore it all together. That is their choice. However no writer is to be abused. Hateful bashing and extreme prejudicial comments should be in restraint. Malicious behavior is not acceptable and no reader or writer has a right to hurt or injure another.
The View Controversy & Bill O'Reilly
Readers may be offended or upset with a controversial topic written but this does not constitute offensive language or abusive behavior in any way or form. In this case, the writer has the right to denounce or deny the comments.
Whatever a writer decides in writing about controversy, this subject matter will cause serious debates.
Extreme sensitivity to the issues is needed because personal opinions are subjective.
That is the joy in freedom of speech.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett
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