• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does the composer position the viewer in Frontline to receive a particular version of telling the truth?

Extracts from this document...


How does the composer position 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 is actually a mix of truth, exaggeration and some made up events the fly on the wall style allows the responder to accept everything as reality. By using the documentary style, they are foregrounding their construction process thus emphasising to the viewer that they should question the reliability of the images/stories they view each evening. ...read more.


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 it. "They're not making it up but they're choosing what they're covering...that's the way its happened all our lives" Professor Barry Glassner as quoted from Bowling for Columbine. In this section, the professor was referring to the amount of violence by young, black males reported on the news and especially how gun violence was favourably reported over any other story. These stories are almost always manipulated by the station playing them to become "infotainment" for viewers, as opposed to truthful, newsworthy stories. ...read more.


Moore has positioned his viewers effectively to push his point the same way that the media have pushed their point over the years amongst society. However, the light hearted, almost mocking speech Heston did give following the Columbine incident is cut with an emotional speech given by victim's father. This puts the incident and the truth behind it into perspective using the technique of editing. The process of telling the truth is a construction in the hands of the composers who decide what aspect, if any; of the truth the viewer will receive. Through the use of techniques the composers are able to represent their construction and the values they place in esteem. In the case of Frontline, obviously the use of satire is the main way they criticise the media as an unscrupulous, insincere institution. Although, each text has its own way of presenting the truth and thus, Frontline, CNNNN and Bowling for Columbine merely represent one such way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Audience and Production Analysis section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Audience and Production Analysis essays

  1. Evaluate the success of the dramatic conflict in "Abigail's Party" by Mike Leigh

    It is set in the early 70 s in a small living room, in times when social snobbery was everything. The play is a black comedy set in the social realist genre. This genre was developed in the 1960 s and deals with everyday real people in normal domestic settings.

  2. Analysis of Top Gun

    It also is the turning point in the film. This shows that it was in Maverick's destiny to achieve the "Top Gun" status. It was an unlikely chance of "Top Gun's" number one pilot "losing the edge." After testing his instructor's patience on his very first day, Stinger had no other choice other than sending Maverick to "Top Gun".

  1. How Does Luhrmann Make His Version Of 'Romeo And Juliet' Accessible For A Modern ...

    The film was shot in Mexico City because it was cheaper than filming in a big city such as New York. This was because in a city like New York you had to get a license to film but in Mexico City this wasn't needed.

  2. The lyrical, slow-moving opening sequence is a dazzling combination of cinematography, music and hallucinatory ...

    (She jumps up, stumbles across the muddy room, and accidentally upturns a metal coffin holding a soldier's naked corpse. Mortified, she cowers in a corner while being comforted.) Lance, that was somebody's son. Lance, there were things that they made me do that I didn't wanna do.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work