Television has changed our lives! There are many reasons why we watch T.V. It entertains us, informs, provides an escape, can educate and assist us in forming ideas and opinions and can also be used as a babysitter. Three main categories shown on T.V are documentaries, soapies and lifestyle programs.

Documentaries have been around since 1926. A documentary is a film, recording or a video of a non-fiction subject. They are not all just about facts that create a critical argument inviting the audience to draw conclusions. The filmmakers view is usually the one shown most, so a lot of bias is usually used in documentaries. The audience should be aware of this and be able to make up there own view.
The two main types of documentaries are the objective and the subjective. The objective documentary shows the audience all angles of the subject, where as the subjective documentary only allows the viewer to see one point of view of the issue.
The producer can show part of there opinion through the techniques used. The most common techniques used in a documentary are: Voice over, statistics/dates, photos, live footage, comparisons/facts, text caption, old footage, recreation and evidence.
A documentary that uses most or even all of these techniques is The Australian Story – Know Stoned Unturned, produced by Clair Forster. This documentary is a real story, which attempts to present what really happened, mostly through interviews. The story is about the Morcombes, and their 13 year old son, Daniel who disappeared from a bus stop near his home on the Sunshine Coast around Christmas time three years ago. The purpose of this story is to inform people in what can happen to people, and what its like for the family, and to help people understand what their going through. The family is also desperate for information or clues on the whereabouts or events leading up to the disappearance of Daniel. So another purpose of putting this documentary on T.V, for the world to see, is so...