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The Camera Doesnt Lie Or Does It An Essay Analysing the Techniques Used In A Current Affair Program Sixty Minutes A Current Affair Today Tonight We like to see peoples lives Thats why these shows succeed They show us the good times and the bad They bring peoples lives into our living rooms But are these shows bringing us the honest truth For example the segment reported by Sixty Minutes titled The Lost Children tells the story of children who were sent to Australia for the opportunity of a so called better life It would be there where they would be taken care of by the Christian Brothers However it was in this better life that the children were forced to work as labourers and were molested beaten and raped Was the story twisting words After all we are all guilty of exaggerating occasionally But was it an act tailored to stir up our emotions by using sly barely noticeable techniques that made us believe what they wanted us to believe How can we notice things as simple as the sex of the presenter or the choice of words when phrasing something We think that we are being told the truth However this nearly seamless performance is about to be uncovered The structure in most current affairs shows are similar It starts off with a presenter giving a rough introduction of the story then goes to the actual story on location with either a field reporter or a voice-over sometimes both The story goes through what happened or what is happening and then talks to people that have been affected by it These people usually provide the audience someone to identify with The people affected can be seen as the victims After talking to the victims the story may cross over to whoever is to blame After talking or attempting to talk to these people the voice-over or presenter will conclude their part
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