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The Truman Show

Today, the media uses different techniques to capture an audience., presented by Paramount Pictures in 1998, delves into the manipulation of a human being and highlights the destructive power of the media.Often the media is seen to invade a personality's life in order to capture an audience.In this hypothetical instance, the media in fact completely controls a man's life, after an unwanted pregnancy, in an attempt to create the most popular TV series in the world.
succeeds in making a serious point about the power of the media and the extent to which they could exert their power for their own benefits.This success is achieved by satirical means of an exaggerated situation combined with humour in the actual screenplay.
In the film, Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) lives in a world which is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, all his friends and people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series around the world.His entire life has been "recorded on the network of hidden cameras".It is "broadcast live and unedited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to audiences around the world.Truman however is not happy with his life.In reality, Truman was an unwanted pregnancy.His "father", Christof, a reckless TV-Producer whom he never met, made up the Truman Show – the greatest live show on earth.Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited.Eventually, after a series of suspicions, Truman discovers the truth of the controlled environment where he lives.When he was given a choice on how to continue his life, he chose to leave this city-sized, dome-shaped TV studio.
In this film, satire is used because it highlights a folly in mankind (that is, the curiosity and invasion of the privacy of others) to make us understand the gravity of the media …


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