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The Corporation-Long Essay The function of documentaries is to present real life issues or subjects to the general public As they present facts documentaries can be accepted as to an extent an accurate representation of reality However it is not true to say that they are completely factual and that everything presented in a documentary is true Coming to an agreement particularly over controversial issues such as the influence of corporations in our society is extremely difficult Even if it is unintentional a documentary will be dominated with a particular view This can be explored through the documentary The Corporation by Mark Achbar Jennifer Abbot Joel Bakan Through the use of certain techniques of selection of detail film language and verbal language the creators present corporations as being a destructive institution with no emotion and no morals The technique selection of detail plays an important role in influencing a particular point of view towards an issue Through the exclusion as well as the inclusion of certain footage the documentary The Corporation effectively presents corporations in a negative way An example of how the inclusion of certain information can influence a particular view can be seen in the beginning of The Corporation The director for Business and government at Harvard is interviewed and asked for his metaphor of what a corporation is He relates corporations to eagles describing them as being noble visionary majestic and as being something that people can believe in and be inspired by Then at the end of the interview not knowing that the camera is still rolling he stands up and says ok guys enough bullshit contradicting everything he had just said At first the viewer is made to understand and accept this positive representation of corporations but after realising that everything the CEO had said before was a lie the viewer is urged to feel deceived and outraged Evidently the value of honesty and trust are
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