Phase One:

I believe that specific information can be factual and that certain information can be rooted in opinion. I have to disagree that all knowledge is a matter of opinion if an individual can formulate proper evidence to prove and support their alleged claim. According to this week’s lecture, an opinion is a view or judgement about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge, but can be further investigated to be proven. An example of this would be the following: MAC makeup is cruelty-free. The claim that MAC makeup is cruelty-free can be further investigated. After researching, an individual can find out and can 100% confirm if MAC tests its makeup products on animals or not.

An opinion has the potential to become a fact if it is supported by evidence and reasoning. Michael LaBrossiere is in agreeance when he writes, “Given that logic and reasoning are not simply matters of opinion, these supported positions cannot be dismissed as being simply matters of opinion.” Furthermore, factual information has the potential to be disputed because an individual can present supplementary proof to support their assertation. If an individual wants to refute, they would have to provide secondary proof or else their appeal to disagree has no reason to be accepted over an individual, who can support the assertation they are making.

To contrast, a matter of opinion is something that is incapable of being proven. A matter of opinion has a tendency of being a grand and bold statement that an individual declares to be true. An example would be the following: Starbucks coffee is the best coffee in the world. This statement is a matter of opinion because it is subjective; there is no possible way to prove that Starbucks is producing the best coffee in the world because people’s coffee tastes and preferences vary, and due to this there is no way to determine who makes the best coffee. 

In regards to the nature of opinion, I agree with Michael LaBrossiere that not all opinions can be regarded as being “equally good.” For example, if an individual seeking medical attention for an illness, they would trust the advice and opinion that they receive from a Doctor, whereas they would not trust the suggested advice from a friend family member, who is not a qualified Doctor. If all opinions were considered as being equally good, there would be no point in visiting a Doctor’s office to diagnosis an illness if anyone else’s opinion was good enough. 

To summarize, opinions are subjective, based on emotions, biased, and cannot be supported by evidence. Opinions often involve statements including personal pronouns such as, “My belief is that” or “I feel that.” However, a fact is a statement that is true and can be verified with evidence. Therefore, I believe that an individual cannot assert that all knowledge in the world is just a matter of opinion because opinions become facts when they are confirmed with proof to be the truth.

Hello everyone! My name is Julia Vaiano. I am an English and Professional Writing major. I would describe myself as being a kind-hearted and enthusiastic person who is always eager to learn. My three greatest passions in life are writing, acting, and reading. I love writing because it is a medium that helps me to express myself. One of my greatest aspirations is to be a successful writer and to publish a novel. I have a passion for acting, and I want to learn about the craft as much as I can. My last passion is reading, and it is a hobby that started when I was a young child. It’s challenging for me to select a favourite book because I have read so many. Some of my favourite books would have to be: The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Mortal Instrument Series, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and The Fault in Our Stars. 

I am excited about the course project because I enjoy researching topics I am interested in. I am also looking forward to working on my public speaking skills. A research tactic I think is commonly used for undergraduate students is researching a topic on an accessible database such as Jstor, Google Scholar, and Scholars’ Portal.  This tactic can be helpful but is also limiting because finding peer-reviewed journals is more convenient for a busy student to find than spending an ample amount of time in the library searching for books on a topic. I believe a strong paper contains information from online academic sources and books from the library. Students should strive to include a variety of resources in their writing to make their paper more accurate.

I am looking forward to getting acquainted with all of you. I wish you all the best of luck on your upcoming research and creating your original podcast!