Representation and Truth

The truth, or absolute truth is a variable concept, thus it is constantly under construction. The portrayal of the truth is an ethical concern which is filtered through the hierarchy of power in the media. The obscuring lines between journalism and entertainment have formulated a subgenre where complete dissemination of the truth has been blemished by the authority of the composer. This is particularly over is Sitch et al’s Frontline (particularly in the episodes, “the siege”, “smaller fish to fry”, and “add sex and stir”) and the Simpsons episode, “Homer Bad Man”. These texts embody the representation of the truth through the primary themes of truth as a commodity, investigating the truth and the absolute truth which coincides with the composer’s values and ideologies which transcend time and context.

Manipulation of the truth for corporate gain is the prominent value highlighted in “the siege”. Through the employment of hand-held camera, the “Frontline” team screen the footage that they want the audience to view. This works to their advantage as they can broadcast the stories that would grant them the most ratings. This is evident in the Gavin scene through mise en scene   where Marty crouches to make it seem as if he is in danger even thought he has, along with other media programmes, been restricted access to “the line of fire” by the police. This is reinforced by the conversation between Mart and a crewmember in, “why are you crouching?” To make it seem as if I’m in danger. Do you want a flak jacket too?” This appeals to the audience’s emotions in that excitement is generated through the fabrication of the possibility of jeopardy, thus “Frontline” receives more ratings.

“Smaller Fish to Fry” is an ironic twist on the cliché “Bigger Fish to Fry” and portrays how the powerful within society exploit their influence to manipulate the truth to serve their own interests. The team tirelessly pursues the “small fish” such as the dry cleaners to get an easy story...