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Current Affairs Programs are not just about facts - Instead the facts are used to create critical arguments inviting the viewers to draw conclusions on issues of social concern - Discuss how this was achieved in a Current Affairs Program.

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Year 11 TEE English Current Affair Programs - "Today Tonight" Current Affairs Programs are not just about facts. Instead the facts are used to create critical arguments inviting the viewers to draw conclusions on issues of social concern. Discuss how this was achieved in a Current Affairs Program. The Current Affairs Program, "Today Tonight," uses facts to create critical arguments inviting the viewers to draw conclusions on current social issues. In the segment involving dodgy repair men, this is accomplished through the persuasion of the attitudes and values of fairness of trade, honesty, quality of products and services, and getting what you pay for. This is achieved by means of structure, selection of detail, use of language and film techniques. The purpose of Current Affair Programs is to educate the viewing audience on the facts of the corruption in the repairman industry, which is a present social issue. This is done in a persuasive way, according to the point of view of the program. The encouraged viewer response is shock, anger and disbelief as the dishonest acts are continuously going unnoticed. Through film techniques, the Current Affair Program "Today Tonight," presents facts to create critical arguments that persuade the viewer to draw conclusions on the issues of social concern. ...read more.

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The video evidence shows Mr Gilroy caught in the act, through the trap set by the program. Comparisons are made between the other repair men, and the same result occurs. The viewer does see the side of the offender in this case, mainly due the appearance of the victim Mr Gilroy. Mr Gilroy is a typical repair man, and it does correspond to the persuasion of the point of view of the program, which is, 'you can't trust anyone,' and viewer's reinforced to the programs point of view on the issue of honesty in the industry. Other sections of the interview between Mr Gilroy are left out; the producers of Current Affair Programs only select the sections of the interview that support the programs point of view. They include the sections when they evoke the audience, "consumers should be concerned," and footage of Mr Gilroy nervous in front of the camera, downgrade his reputation to the viewers, "common practise, every time," this exposes Mr Gilroy's dishonest and guilty behaviour, which increases the negative feeling of the viewer towards Mr Gilroy and persuades them on the issue of trust and honesty. ...read more.

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Interrogating interviews with Mr Gilroy continue and we find that he false advertises "no I'm not a recommended repairer for Fisher and Pical". This backs up the point of view of the program and influences the viewer also to feel strongly surprised about the dishonesty in the trade. The segment is closed with footage of Alan Gilroy staring into the camera close up, as if attempting to deny the public his guilt. Due to the structure, the ending is strong, as it reinforces the values of honest, quality, fairness of trade and the attitude that we should get what we pay for and therefore our stance on the social issue is reinforced towards the programs persuasion. The Current Affairs Program, "Today Tonight," conveys attitudes and value in reference to current social issues. The program presents strong values and attitudes to the social issues current in society through the film techniques, selection of detail, use of language and structure, the values and attitudes of fairness of trade, honesty, quality and getting what you pay for are conveyed. The viewer is encouraged to be shocked in disbelief, as the offender continuously escapes his dishonest actions unnoticed by the consumer, which shows the unfairness of trade. 26/09/02 Alex Stramsek ...read more.

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