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Analytical Component- Todd Russell and Brant Webb...
Discuss the way two texts in different forms are constructed to position the audience in terms of the contention that is argued, cultural representation and context. How do they influence your current understandings on the issue?
“Rescue saga’s fading fortune” by Craig Binnie The Mercury May 15th 2006. This article’s contention is to present Todd Russell, Brant Webb and their wives in a negative light. It aims to convince the audience that both characters are selfish and are using their tragedy as a way to gain money and fame. Whereas the text “Media builds up heroes just to knock’ em down”, by Libby Bingham The Advocate May 17th 2006, defended the miners and used examples such as Tom Cruise and Douglas Wood as her support to defend her argument.
In Binnie’s argument was fore grounded in the quote…
“People like to see victims, but these two don’t seem like victims. They are still a bit overweight and still look very healthy.”
Binnie failed to mention the possible mental damage and trauma, which a tragedy such as this, most likely either caused these two men at the time or further into the future. This quote is an example of selective journalism. Is apparent in both texts and is used to achieve different outcomes. Bingham tries to foreground her argument by presenting a personal opinion more obviously than that of Binnie who presents data and makes un-credited quotes. Bingham also uses data but the tone used is emotional and sympathetic towards the miners. Bingham also argues about how the media ‘shoots them down.
Binnie alleges that one of the miners’ wives suggested her husband charge for autographs. Binnie attempts to detract and attempts to create a negative light on the miners’ fame and the rescue that they seem to need from the media!
Bingham uses a series of rhetorical questions that both address the audience and suggests that the fact that the miners are gaining in both fame and fortune is not such a crime. She refers to actor Tom Cruise as a way to foreground her argument, that these miners do not deserve to make money from their fame but Tom Cruise can. One believes that the use of a celebrity, which is well liked, will give a positive light on both the miners, which to an audience will most likely subliminally create a positive light for the miners. The includenc
She fails to mention the comment that Todd Russell made on his guest appearance on The Footy Show wanting to know how big Eddie McGuire’s chequebook was. The fact that Bingham left out this small statement proves that she also used selective journalism in order to present an argument in favor of the miners. Whereas Binnie includes this statement made by Todd Russell but does not include the fact that they have a right to gain money from their story just like many other instant celebrities.
Bingham uses many sympathetic short sentences, to center the audience, such as “The miners are out of a job. They lived through tragedy that killed their friend Larry knight”. If anything, these short sentences are concise and straight to the point, to make the viewer feel sympathy.
Binnie uses a very skillful means of positioning the audience. Using facts and criticism hidden amongst his argument. It is obvious to the viewer that Binnie is presenting his own viewpoints and criticisms about the fact that Todd Russell and Brant Webb are gaining money. Also the fact that
Craig Binnie The Mercury May 15th 2006- this needs tidying up- add a preposition or some punctuation
Bingham tries to foreground her argument by presenting a personal opinion more obviously than that of Binnie who presents data and makes un-credited quotes. Bingham also uses data but the tone used is emotional and sympathetic towards the miners. Bingham also argues about how the media ‘shoots them down.- evidence??
address the audience and suggests- inconsistent verb use
appearance on The Footy Show wanting to- punctuation