The Justice Game Essay Conflicting Perspectives
by Kenneth Phang
The existence of conflicting perspectives in society is inevitable as there are an infinite amount of truths that are developed by an individual’s understanding of an idea. It is important to note that truth is constructed, not found and is entirely subjective as different perceptions of truth are influenced by culture, religion, lifestyle, interest and the sort. Geoffrey Robertson’s nonfiction text, The Justice Game and David Braithwaite’s feature article “Chaser Comic Convoy beats summit security” highlights the expected conflicts in perspectives through the issues of corruption of the law and obscenity accompanied by the overarching theme of “truths”. They explore the manipulation of how truths can mislead and warp meaning, thus creating perspectives that generate diverse and provocative insights. n
The Trials of Oz explores the theme of obscenity in order to portray conflicting perspectives as inevitable. The perspectives of Robertson, Judge Argyle and the defendants, Richard Neville, John Anderson and Felix Dennis are highlighted to provide emphasis between the prosecutor and the persecuted. The defendants, charged with “corrupting public morals” via their magazine “Oz: Schoolkids Edition” are depicted by Leary as those who “conspired to publish the twenty eighth edition of OZ”. Robertson puts affirms his opinion through the line “I knew all about the law – but nothing about justice and I was looking forward to seeing it done” hence providing the conflict between Birmingham court and the defendants. This is seen in the cross examination “Anderson: Yes, I thought it was extraordinary, even brilliant. Leary: Extraordinary it may be, however not genius”, in which Robertson has explores the contrast in values between the conservative nature of the prosecutors and the counter-culture ideals that are instilled within the defendants. It is depicted that Judge Argyle has these...
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