How has your understanding of events, personalities or situations been shaped by their representations in the texts you have studied?

Truth is often used as a weapon whereby those with authority can take opportunities to wield their power and take ownership of the truth. The truth is always subjective and can be exploited by the power of events, personalities or situations. By understanding the way these can help manipulate the representations of veracity, divulges what influences the truth and the impacts it has on society. Australian satire TV series Frontline, an article from CBC news online on Nick Ut’s well-acclaimed photograph of Vietnam War victim Kim Phuc- Napalm Strike: the myth of Kim Phuc and Damien Murphy’s feature article Black and white and red all over, all self-proclaim the ways in which events, personalities and situations shape the way in which truth is represented.

Pop-cultural-societies indulge in well-acclaimed events such as celebrity-associated award nights. The hype obtained by their prosperous atmosphere, is captured in Frontline’s episode This Night Of Nights which features Mike Moore, the narcissistic-delusive show-host, only concerned with the awaited “Logies”, whilst satirising how commercialization can manipulate people, and the truth “Let’s be realistic here, we live in a very commercial world”. The event of the Logies sees Moore, using his status as the show’s “front-man”, stooping to deception as he clandestinely wants to present an award to boost his image, but deceives Brian (The show’s producer) into thinking its for the shows image “It’s not for me… it looks bad for the show”. Due to Moore’s powerful position “he has the network 100-per-cent behind him” (Playing The Ego Card), his character is able to manipulate the people around him into believing anything he says, although covertly he knows the real truth; whilst in conversation with Geoff, the weatherman, he tells Moore he “doesn’t believe in awards nights” where Moore replies “me either… but I’m kind of obliged to go on behalf of the show”, contiguous to the audience viewing Moore anxious as he organises his suit and “right date”, and ecstatically discusses the night with Domenica (receptionist). Although Moore’s motif of deception is based around trying to boost his image, it is juxtaposed with Moore actually presenting the award and the loudspeaker voice saying “This concludes the non-televised section of the Logies”.

The sub-plot of the episode foresees the Frontline team in an uncompromising situation where they refuse to reveal the truth about Telecom, a major-operating company in Australia, who “co-incidentally” are a sponsor of the network, “Word came through management that we should lay off for a while… Telecom are a major sponsor for this network and we don’t want to jeopardise the relationship”, but uncover a story about a charity who lost money and asked the media to withhold from presenting the story as it would consequence in loss of funding. The power of the sponsor (money) prevails over Frontline’s morality, as well as the AJA (Australian Journalists Association) Code of Ethics which states journalists must ‘not allow advertising or other commercial considerations to undermine accuracy, fairness or interdependence’. Whilst Brian was the one to make the final decision on repressing the Telecom story, when deciding to air the Street Aid story he ironically states, “we as the media have a duty to report what we learn”.

Ironic to this statement, is the persona in Damien Murphy’s feature article titled Black and White and red all over, Jayson Blair, who was a reporter for the ‘New York Times’ newspaper, who “fabricated comments” and “concocted scenes” through his articles, even to a point where he “emotionally charged moments from the sniper attacks… to the anguish of families grieving for loved ones killed in Iraq”. The title of Murphy’s article sees the pun “red” contrived from the riddle about newspapers, “black and white and read all over”, enrapturing the humiliation obtained by the New York Times’ blunder. The article distinctly uses repetition of the words “liar”, “fabrications” and “plagiarism” to pin-point how corrupt Blair’s journalism was. The article goes into detail about the poignant way Blair faked his education from a prestigious College in 1999, and became a full-time reporter by January 2001. He then went on to publish national assignments,