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Hurricane Carter: Innocent or guilty?



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Conclusion

AFTER RESEARCHING THE BIOGRAPHICAL TEXTS AND BEFORE WRITING YOUR OWN 
CONCLUSIONS, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING THOUGHTS.

The power of the internet is skillfully utilised by Cal Deal in his 
positioning of readers to accept his opinion that Rubin Carter did commit the 
Lafayette murders.  As with any text, Deal's text is actually a construction 
of reality rather than a reflection of reality.

Deal positions himself as a credible author, positioning the reader to 
believe that he has no vested interest in proclaiming the guilt of Rubin 
Carter.  Once this credibility is established, Deal uses various techniques 
to construct and reinforce the 'true' story of the 'Hurricane'.
The film 'The Hurricane' excludes subject matter which shapes viewer's 
opinions about Rubin Carter's mistreatment by the American Justice System.  
In contrast, Cal Deal includes subject matter that serves to fill in the gaps 
in the film:  this method is extremely influential in constructing the 
reader's opinions about the guilt of Rubin Carter.

Cal Deal presents much information that is ostensibly authentic; he 
effectively reproduces articles which appear to be originals from 
newspapers.  The reader is bombarded with a myriad of allegedly primary 
sources of information which support the author's basic premise that Carter 
was guilty.  The audience is encouraged to take up the views of the author 
rather than forming their own because there is very little room for 
interpretation of the documents.  The reader in fact has no way of verifying 
the authenticity of the documents relying on Deal's credibility as an author 
to construct the truth.

Rubin Carter's case was appealed to one of the highest courts in the United 
States.  Cal Deal positions himself in his website as having more authority 
than one of the most senior judges in the United States.  Judge Sarokin was 
presented with evidence that Rubin Carter was a victim of a racist justice 
system, the evidence was accepted and Rubin Carter was declared a free man 
after years of incarceration.

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?

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