Truth and Telling the Truth

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Before beginning my study of this elective I held a very simple black and white view regarding ‘Truth’ and ‘Telling the Truth’. I believed that there was a right a wrong to every situation and that the information and news the media presented was mainly correct and true. Through the studying of this elective I have been presented new & relevant information and from this information I have reassessed my views on ‘’Telling the Truth’. This elective presented to me the idea that truth is determined by the way it is told and by who tells it. Also revealed are the many reasons why people choose to distort the truth, for example personal gain. This elective also presented the ideas that there are many truths to a situation and these truths vary on perspective and the way the truth is portrayed and represented. In my discussion I will make reference to the recording “Disturbing Practices” and the Frontline episodes ‘The Siege’ and ‘We Ain’t Got Dames’.

Disturbing practices is a montage of quotes from the "Children Overboard" affair set to a rhythmic musical parody. The aim of the song is to criticize and raise awareness of the false, misleading and inappropriate reactions and actions taken by the Howard government during the “Children Overboard” affair. The song reveals the truth and lies of the situation by chronologically placing the accusations and quotes in order. The song begins with the prime minister informing the public that ‘they are not coming to the Australian mainland that is one choice that is not available’. Philip Ruddock who was the Australian Immigration Minister then goes on to say ‘A number of people have jumped overboard and have had to be rescued. More disturbingly, a number of children have been thrown overboard’. He then criticizes the events, insulting the refugees portraying them to the Australian people as lowly people in an attempt to have them resented by the people so the government will not lose face when they are disallowed entry to...
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