In The Siege the composer has highlighted how truth is manipulated and sensationalize by media. In the first scene of The Siege verbal irony is used “Unbelievable isn’t it? We gotta move fast on this one,” this is ironic because a siege is actually a horrific event but Brian only sees the opportunity for great ratings and glory. Bathos is also utilized by Sitch, on site at the siege Marty gets very aggressive towards other news reporters, “you bastards. It’s not right. You’re risking people’s lives here, mate.” Moments later he discovers Frontline have the exclusive, “you beauty.” This incongruity is blatant hypocrisy and ironic, satirising how media operate. Brooke is also guilty of the same incongruity. Before her interview with Mrs. Forbes Brooke takes advantage of Mrs. Forbe’s vulnerability, convincing her to sign an exclusivity clause, “Some shows are very unscrupulous. It’s not so much to protect us - it’s to protect you.” This statement is verbal irony because we know that it is to ensure Frontline are the only program with an exclusive interview. It is also hypocritical because Brooke and the team use the clause to manipulate the interview to suit their liking and protect them in doing so, not to protect Mrs. Forbes at all. Brooke extends this ridiculous caring/professional facade when she asks Mrs. Forbes “would you be able to cry again”. Satirical by means of irony and exaggeration is Marty’s on site report of the siege. 5km away from the actual siege Marty over... [continues]
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