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Using 3 episodes of Frontline explain how ideas of truth are represented?

The truth is a complex concept that suggests the presentation of facts without subjectivity or bias. In a world immersed in commercial gain and egocentricity, the truth is however often a casualty, morphed and shaped by those who control it for a myriad of reasons. This significance of the truth is explicitly explored within the satirical series frontline by Rob Sitch et al in the episodes The Siege, and Smaller Fish to Fry, and who parody the conventions of current affairs journalism, and the Sydney Morning Herald article, Corby: Battle of the TV Experts by Ben Cubby, which persuades one to question the authority of current affairs journalists. Frontline represents the notion that the media are prone to disregard their role as investigative journalists, sensationalizing occurrences to place ratings over the truth and welfare of people. Brooke epitomizes the medias motives in The Siege, slipping between business-like coldness and a pretense of compassion, as she coaxes out of the distraught mother a sensational plea Gavin, please come home., demonstrating the emotional exploitation of the media. The close up shot of Mrs. Forbes genuine emotion of sorrow is juxtaposed with Brooks callous and insincere reporting with her dialogue Would you be able to cry again demonstrating how the fabrication of marketable image outweighs truthful reporting. Brooke also makes use of technical jargon in asking Mrs Forbes to sign an exclusivity clause because some shows are very unscrupulous , ironically appearing professional while it is Frontline who is in fact unethical. This shows how the media subverts from the truth, showing little regard for the public. This is reinforced as the episode establishes the defiance of authority in its reckless commitment to ratings through Brians order to fly over the siege site to get overhead images in contravention to pol ice instructions. Martys Its not right, youre risking peoples lives! is juxtaposed with his ironic and hypocritical You beauty! when he finds out his own team was responsible. His excited tone creates incongruity, reflecting his indifference to the truth, as he has no idea of the potential implications of his unethical journalism. Through the subtle humor the satirists aim to highlight and criticize the deliberate unethical behavior of these journalists. The representation of a superficial truth occurs as a result of the egocentrism and pursuit of personal image, of those representing the truth. This is expressed in Smaller Fish to Fry through the emphasis on vision Fraud doesnt give you vision...you give me vision Ill run it every night for a week. Brians exaggerated response alludes to his ratings relying on withholding controversial issues and broadcasting stories people want to see, presenting to the audience a superficial truth which appeals more to our senses than our intellect. The juxtaposition between the high definition televised shots of mike portraying him as sophisticated and confident and his stupidity behind the scenes can you connect the dots for me highlights the medias incongruous attitude to serious journalism as it is all about image. Sitch et al thus expresses the medias highly opinionated of themselves view is based on ego alone forcing viewers to question the validity of the truth they portray. Similarly the importance of image projection is portrayed in

Corby: battle of the TV experts to refute the authority of current affairs journalism. The professional and formal tone of the article using evaluative words such as unsurprisingly and condemning is used to project an image of expertise and effectively provides a critical perspective on the inconsequential dispute between commercial television programs, which has taken precedence over reporting the real issue of drug abuse. The journalists pursuit for personal image is highlighted through the photograph of Mercedes Corby with caption stating lying low. The irony of this statement is conveyed through the close up frontal shot of her distressed face, which contradicts the caption; expressing the articles, deliberate incorporation of the photograph to sensationalise the truth. It is the powerful members in society that ultimately control and exploit the truth to serve their own interests. Smaller Fish to fry expresses the ownership of truth held by those in power by portraying the media as keen to target the small fish while overlooking those in power. This is expressed through Mikes use of dialogue upon receiving information on a bank fraud we ruin the fridge guy and the cigarette guy but we cant ruin these guys, juxtaposed by Mike being blamed for a sexual harassment charge. The incongruity of the situation highlights how despite some journalists having ethics, they are unable to alter the culture of sensationalism, as current affair shows are not truly interested in airing stories that would have the biggest positive impact; their primary concern is not upsetting those who have influence. Similarly in Corby: battle of the TV experts the Sydney Morning Herald employs its power as reputable journalists to question the authority of current affairs journalists over the truth. Emotive and negative phrases are used to describe them as a sordid circus and unedifying skirmishes exaggerating the issue to reduce them to mere adolescents. Persuasive language is used to encourage readers to question their authority the farcical nature of the current affairs genre. Seven interviewed her in November, but decided to air the story on Monday, the start of the official ratings perio d. The word decided is used patronisingly to convince the reader that this was a conscious decision in their pursuit of ratings undermining their journalistic abilities. This highlights the importance of truth in human experiences as it scrutinizes those corrupt liberating the public from ignorance. It is with an understanding of the corruption of journalistic integrity in selecting and accurately presenting the facts and the significance of the creators motive, that the vulnerability of truth is exposed.