Positioning the Viewer in Frontline to Receive a Particular Version of Telling the Truth
All composers of texts position the responder of that text to view their version of the truth in different ways. In the case of Frontline, Rob Stitch and his team position the viewers using a satirical documentary style approach to mock low brow journalism and indeed real life current affairs programs. The easily accessible medium of television encourages the responder to interrogate the events as reality and suggest they are a dramatic reconstruction of events.
Through the documentary style on television the Frontline team position to viewer to accept the images presented as reality. Although Frontline …show more content…
For example, in the episode "We ain't got Dames" the fact that Mike is presented as such a fool undermines the credibility of the process of telling the truth. In the episode, crude noises are put onto Mike's computer, with him unable to fix the problem or stand up to Marty who did it. Furthermore, this foolishness presented by the host of the program undermines the media's authority as an institution to tell the truth. Even Mike's very appearance seems to be ridiculous, for example his hair. Mikes hair is fashioned by hairspray to look perfect, which looks ridiculous. Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor who are presented as anchors on CNNNN are also caricatures of real hosts. They, like Mike, exaggerate mainly gestures and on screen reactions to stories to make them, appear to be sincere, yet at the same time exposing the insincerity of the institution.
Moreover, media institutions can pick stories to determine their infotainment value, or their usefulness to the people in power. This is most apparent in the Frontline episode "Smaller fish to fry" where a big fish is presented to Mike Moore yet he cannot chase it because of the interests of the station from upstairs. This is a prominent example of a media institution choosing a news story because of the effect it would have on the rich and powerful that controls
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Hello, you’re watching the [TIME] news here on Channel 5. I’m Nicole Yol. Today’s top story: troubling truth. Media networks are being questioned about the ways the truth is constructed and presented to the public, after recent episode of satirical ABC TV show Frontline by Rob Sitch et al was aired yesterday at 8pm. Viewers watching episode ‘The Siege’ were left believing that current affair programs are unscrupulous and are more interested in drama for ratings. But just how did the recent episode affect the perspectives of the general public on the media?
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If there is one thing that limits news networks, and truly any form of presentation, it is viewership. Constant ads and propaganda can yield returns, but real people caring to watch, is the one thing not in companies control. There’s no doubt that there’s a certain group of people who watch the news, and a group that doesn’t. However, Comedians such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or ksdj are in a position of telling the news, extremely similar to the actual news, but to people who rarely ever watch a news program. In this sense, These men have the obligation to provide as quality and trustworthy information as they can for their viewers. They are educating a whole group of people who are not willing to find news anywhere else. Without fail week after week, the daily show provides a means of understanding the political system for common men. “If you watch the news and don't like it, then this is your counter program to the news,” He provides an alternative, a place to escape from the corruption that has taken over news. The result is a better educated populace. By engaging those who care little for politics and finding a way of interpreting what the American public can’t understand, these parody shows are expanding society's knowledge. It’s even gotten to point where study's find that watchers of these shows, are
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