Frontline Essay

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Foucalt said that ‘Truth is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint '. Indeed, he is right. In the 21st century society we live in, truth is a social construct, shaped by a certain few who have the power to deem what is accepted as truth. Arguably ulterior motives, personal agendas, corporate and political interests affect the representation of the truth. ‘Frontline ', ‘US Media Blues ' and ‘Media Watch ' attempt to give insight on how media corporations represent the truth. Collectively, these three texts are an invitation for responders to question the authority and work ethics of those who control the telling of the truth, and think critically of how the truth can be distorted or misrepresented.

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' invites us to question the ulterior motives of media networks. It becomes obvious that this ‘ghoulish tease ' is an attempt by the network to ‘drag out the suspense and hold the punters through the next ad break '. Media watch supports Chomsky 's argument that we as the audience are sold as products to larger corporate companies. Hence the reliability of the information presented to us becomes questionable when it is evident that concerns such as profit and ratings inextricable influence the telling of the truth.

Arguably, the telling of the truth can be influenced by the ways in which journalist search, disclose and suggest information. In Frontline 's, ‘The Siege ', the responder is shown the lengths that media networks will go to, to secure a story. Through characterization and dialogue, Frontline exaggerates Brooke 's patronizing tone and devious exploits. Evident when she coaxes Mrs. Forbes to ‘pop your signature right there ' on exclusivity form as well as insisting ‘if you could cry again '. Frontline invites scrutiny upon the ethics of media networks by contrasting Brooke 's character to the AJA Code of Ethics which states, ‘Journalists should respect private grief and personal privacy and never exploit a person 's vulnerability or ignorance of media practices '. It becomes obvious that the telling of the truth is compromised in the ways in which the media can control and obtain information for financial purposes. Moreover, ‘Playing the
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