Robertson gives no right of reply and uses an air of authority. Robertson’s credentials and history are highlighted in order to give his words credibility and authority – audience assumes Robertson’s expertise will account for his claims. He self-promotes himself throughout the text to convince the audience to accept his point-of-view. Biblical allusions, literary allusions, Latin words, etc are seed to give Robertson a well-learned persona. Robertson tells us his truth, without counterargument or right of reply. Robertson has a Civil Rights agenda. Robertson uses selective facts Justice Games.. By Cruickshank Richard Manville, John Anderson and Felix Dennis, among others, charged with “corrupting public morals” by crown prosecutors because of their magazine Oz: Schoolchild Issue. After a 6 month trial, they were found not guilty of “conspiring to corrupt public morals”, but were imprisoned for sending an indecent article through the mail. Judge Argyle, Brian Leary (Prosecutor) both represented as out of touch, killjoys, use of caricature, sardonic humor and sarcasm by Robertson discredits them. Use of dialogue, extended metaphor for theater, stereotypes, etc. Used to give the reader the impression that the case was a farce Assumes that the piece was non-offensive and gives no counterargument, makes no mention of community attitudes. Pitches the case as a culture clash, the old conservative vs.. The young Name “Trials of Oz” is intellectuality as it is adopted from “The Wizard of Oz” The Romans in Britain Mary Whitehorse, a famous British moral campaigner, privately prosecuted Michael Vagabond, the director, over a simulated anal rape scene in The Romans in Britain, a play.
The charge was based on the “1956 Sexual Offenses Act”, which according to Robertson, was designed to outlaw public masturbation. This was, according to Robertson, a loophole, as the attorney-general would not prosecute for obscenity. The Case ended when Mr.. Graham Ross-Corners, Hothouse’s solicitor and witness, could not prove he saw an erect penis, as he was sitting in the back row f the theater, some 90 yards away Robertson adopts a smug and cynical tone throughout the chapter to discredit Whitehorse and her team. He highlights the ignorance of those involved (“girdled her loins for a battle against a play she had not seen in a theater she had never attended”, “The prosecution intended the Jury to know nothing about the play other than one stage direction”) Does not make mention of whether or not there was in fact a penis present, this is carefully avoided by Robertson – also explores theme of “what is truth in court” Does not consider hat Whitehorse may have also had public support, only represents her as a backwards nuisance Use of policewoman giving back the briefcase saying “This time sir, we’re on your side” is designed to give an impression of public support, and that they were the defenders of society’s interests, even though it was only one event. The courtroom was often referred to as a theater, to give a sense of hilarity.
Links between The Trials of Oz and The Romans in Britain Both are about censorship and set up Robertson as the “defender of free speech” Robertson mocks his opponents in both as being out of touch and irrelevant. Director/Writer: Michael Moore Type: Feature-length Documentary General Notes Moore deliberately distorts facts to support his civil rights and anti-Republican agenda Film techniques include splicing different speeches with diversions to mask continuity problems, and selective footage to give a misleading impression Examples: o Bank scene – Moore appears to go in, open an account and go home with a rifle after signing some paperwork.
In reality most of the paperwork was for show and ad been done months in advance, and Moore was picking up a rifle he had ordered long ago which had been delivered from storage o Hostess’s NEAR rally – It appears that Weston proceeds with a pro-gun rally close to the site of the Columbine shootings despite the wants of the crowd, and in his speech is defiant and insensitive to the victims. In reality, the NEAR cancelled all events except for the key member’s meeting, and the speech is carefully edited to include parts from a speech later and distort a message that was all about responsibility and ended ironically with a raring that some things can be taken out of context. O Lockheed Martin scene – Moore “exposes” a ELM weapons plant near the Columbine shootings and questions whether or not it may have influenced the killers. However, it in fact is a satellite construction plant.
The Simpson – Homer Batman (1994) Writer: Greg Daniels Director: Jeff Lynch Cartoon style with familiar characters makes the message more accessible to a wider audience Episode is concerned with truth in the media and popular culture, and how a mob mentality can disregard truth “Rock Bottom” is a send-up f “shock Journalism” and sensationalist media. Intellectuality – many nods to popular films and books including: o Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Homer finds tickets in a candy bar wrapper o Demolition Man – scene in which Homer escapes from the candy convention. Much of the episode is a parody of the media’s excessive coverage of the OZ Simpson case. Groundskeeper Willie’s video Links between The Justice Game and Bowling for Columbine Both have a civil rights agenda Both include significant self-promotion Both are made for a general audience