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Our awareness and understanding of the worlds occurrences is reliant upon the media including television radio newspaper and the internet This media is owned and organised by some of the worlds most wealthy and powerful people This means that our perception of the truth is governed by those who control the media In this way the worlds access to the truth may be hindered by the powerful should they chose to manipulate or distort the truth This facet of the media is exposed in a number of texts including Frontline Wag The Dog a 60 Minutes story entitled Moonstruck and an article published at The Guardian Each of these texts purport that our truths are shaped by the powerful Frontline a satire which parodies current affairs programs divulges the acts of malpractice that occur within the media A number of the episodes from the first series pay particular attention to the way that their presentations can be influenced by and adjusted to suit these higher powers One of the episodes which expose this is This Night of Nights After the team become aware that Telecom has been bugging calls they prepare an expose However as Telecom is a major sponsor this story cannot go to air The powerful exert their authority onto the team forbidding them from playing the story Satirical techniques are used to expose the hypocrisy of the industry The hypocrisy is made obvious with Brians comment As the media we have the right to report what we learn not sit back and decide what people should and shouldnt know in relation to a story they are doing on a theft at a charity which is contrasted by the lengths to which he is willing to go to suppress the story of Mike Moores drink diving Mikes statement So we go from attacking them to endorsing them accurate reflects the influence which the powerful have on the truth The idea that
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