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George’s Life Flashed Before his Eyes

The principles of Media Production could improve trials

I have found that there are three principles from my major, Media Production, that if used, could improve the trial process: storytelling, point of view, and conclusions. In media production, the whole idea of the industry is telling a story and representing a point of view.  That is exactly what was going on in the trial that I attended.  “George’s life flashed before his eyes and everything changed for him in the blurb of a second.  He is no longer able…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 21, 2017

Film, Television, and Trials

Film and television can teach us about the trial process

The Cold hard truth is that no one really wants to be called in for jury duty.  Days can be long and the “thanks” is pretty much non-existent.  Most people don’t understand half of the legal terms being spewed during the course of a trial.  And that leads to disinterest.

When I went to the Van Nuys courthouse to sit in on a criminal trial, I heard potential jurors talking to each other about how much they hoped to…

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  • Entertainment Industry , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 14, 2017

Just the Right Amount of Ridiculous

As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. But as satirical television shows like South Park become more popular, it is clear that sometimes comic relief takes precedence when a statement would otherwise be considered defamatory.

Though satire and parody share fundamental elements, there are minor differences between the definitions of parody and satire that affect how each is treated differently under the law. Parodies are distorted images of original works for the purpose of humor and/or commentary. They are protected…

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  • Defamation
  • May 31, 2017

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