Objectivity and Subjectivity: First person or third person
Samuel Kitchen PhD (Well not really)
I’m not a writer of essays, well not usually. You could probably tell from my use of first person in the pervious sentences (I’m) and second person (You) in this sentence. I’m just sitting at my computer writing this at 2:00 in the mourning, because I want to access this website. It’s an interest thing though... Not me writing (A horrible, hairy sight to behold), but the idea of first person, second and third person speech. How we, or should I say our society (To remain objective), have become so detached from our own writing! Hmm this seems like a good subject to use for this essay. Hell why not?!! Of course many academics will argue that to remain objective you must write in third person or in the horrible passive voice *shudder*, but isn’t this the least objective you can be? The whole idea of third person is based on a lie… that the writer has absolutely no opinion on the issue they’re writing about. By using third person you imply that no one even wrote the damn thing! It was written some sort of demigod who can see everything! At least using first person or second person shows you that the writer is actually of human origin and has a soul. But of course, In order to please our academic friends and colleges we sell our soul, our humanity and worse our active voices!
Of course, this is all just my opinion, my subjective, subjective opinion…