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?