Intro Lecture Rep Justice Game

MODULE C: Representation and Text
This module requires students to explore various representations of
events, personalities or situations. They evaluate how medium of
production, textual form, perspective and choice of language influence
meaning. The study develops students’ understanding of the
relationships between representation and meaning. (Reread English
Stage 6 Syllabus, p 52.)
MODULE C: Representation and Text
Elective 1: Conflicting Perspectives
In their responding and composing, students consider the ways in which
conflicting perspectives on events, personalities or situations are
represented in their prescribed text and other related texts of their own
choosing. Students analyse and evaluate how acts of representation, such
as the choice of textual forms, features and language, shape meaning and
influence responses.
Students choose one of the following texts as the basis of their further
exploration of the representations of conflicting perspectives.
Geoffrey Robertson,
The Justice Game
The Trials of Oz. Obscene
Banned in 1970
• Simon and Garfunkel: ‘Makin’ love in the
afternoon with Cecilia up in my bedroom’
• Alex Buzo, Norm and Ahmed. One ‘f’
• Oz magazine!
Oz magazine (Issue 7)
• Oz Magazine, along with
International Times was
THE underground
magazine during the late
Sixties in England.
Originating from Australia
where it was founded by
Richard Neville and
Martin Sharp it came to
England in February 1967
where the first issue hit
the streets of an
unsuspecting London.
Oz magazine (Issue 26)
• Misinterpreted by many
as a 'Psychedelic'
magazine, Oz actually
had more in common with
Private Eye being VERY
anti-establishment but
with its target audience
firmly focused on the
emerging underground
scene it scored a massive
hit. – www.
In 1970, reacting to criticism that Oz
had lost touch with youth, the editors
put a notice in the magazine inviting
"school kids" to edit an issue. The
opportunity was taken up by around
20 secondary school students who
were let loose on Oz #28 (May
1970), known as "Schoolkids OZ".
This term was widely misunderstood
to mean that it was intended for
school children, whereas it was a
statement that it had been created by
School Kids’ Oz
• The ‘article’ in question was ‘School
Kids’ Oz (#28: May 1970), an issue
that was put together, in great part,
by adolescents between the ages of
14 and 18. As usual, the magazine
was a surreal mix of graphics,
cartoons, articles, reviews and
adverts, but a great deal of space
was devoted to writing by school
pupils—on such things as pop
music, sexual freedom and
hypocrisy, drug use, corporal
punishment, and examinations
("Examinations are a primitive
method of recording a tiny, often
irrelevant, section of the behaviour of
an individual under bizarre
conditions"). The overall tone,
defence witnesses and prosecution
agreed, was libertarian and antiauthoritarian.
Oz Magazine issue 27: Cover
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