In 2003, a brave, middle-aged man named Morgan Spurlock decided to take one for the human race and carry out a scientific experiment using himself as the guinea pig. Morgan Spurlock, the director, producer and the star of the documentary, Supersize Me, decided to go on a diet that consists of nothing but McDonald’s products for thirty days straight, including their bottled water. Spurlock then followed a specific set of rules to govern his eating habits. Throughout the 100-minutes film, which filmed and documented his actions for thirty days, Spurlock wittingly brought awareness with the sneaking danger behind fast food meals by using mastered rhetorical appeals: logos, pathos and ethos. Although all the rhetorical appeals were intertwined with each other throughout the film, Supersize Me starts out with using logos. Logos is the appeal to logic, which means to argue with the usage of reason and cold, hard facts. Logos is very important, especially in this documentary because the point of it is to raise awareness about the things that we put into our bodies and to encourage everyone …show more content…
Spurlock himself is obviously no nutritionist, nor is a politician (which is what his documentary eventually tend to veer off into); therefore, Supersize Me’s appeal to ethics is not as strong as it could be. However, Spurlock still establishes the document’s reliability by visiting various health professionals, and have them establish the credibility. Ethos is another important rhetorical appeal in this documentary, if not the most. Throughout the film, he establishes his own credibility by carrying out the experiment on himself and film the whole process, which allows the viewers to be apart of his life for thirty days straight, and it is no doubt one of the strongest method of ethos ever. Without credibility, the viewers most likely won’t even be bothered into watching this
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Based on the data gathered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 150 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year. When broken down, that’s 22 teaspoons of sugar consumed per day. Americans don’t even realize they’re eating this tremendous amount of sugar. In the documentary Hungry for Change, director Laurentine Ten Bosch uses rhetorical appeals to advise that the listeners consider what they are consuming and point out the dangers of sugar and processed foods in everyday diets. While the statistics provided throughout the documentary contributed to the overall effectiveness, the use of emotional appeal was excessive and over-dramatized.
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In this excerpt which states Max’s appeal to get Bigger, who is a black man, a sentence of not guilty during the racist 1940’s, Max uses the three rhetorical appeals, imagery, and rhetorical questions to convey his message. Max’s target audience for this speech is the court and judge, which he first addresses in an apologetic tone, but later shifts to a more authoritative manner of speaking.
“Don’t Blame the Eater”, written by David Zinczenko, is a short article discussing how fast food is the main cause of childhood obesity. This article came about in relations to two kids filing a lawsuit against McDonalds for making them fat. He begins his piece by sympathizing with these individuals because he used to be like them. Zinczenko then informs the reader of his background and how he fell into the category of being dependent upon quick and easy meals. In an attempt to provide a valid argument, he debates on how kids raise themselves while their parents are at work and that the nutritional values are not labeled upon prepared foods.
Zinczenko strategically uses emotional pathos through his example of obesity in children. Children are innocent in tone, therefore helping him explain that they are innocent in spite of the manipulation of the fast food industry. The author presents the issue of the lack of nutrition information in fast food. He’s not dissing the fast food industry; rather, he is stating the problem at hand that should be taken care of. He sympathizes with the fact that he too was once a kid whose two daily meals were from typical fast food restaurants.
There are many writers that affect our emotions or that make us think that his or her statements are reasonable, whether they are authors of books, or script writers for a movie or a play. In Morgan Spurlock’s film, Supersize Me, he uses three common rhetorical strategies: ethos, pathos, and logos. He uses all three effectively, however pathos has the greatest effect out of all three rhetorical strategies. Spurlock uses ethos, or ethical appeal, in his film.
In David Freedman’s essay How Junk food Can End Obesity, Freedman makes the claim to policy arguing that instead of demonizing processed foods, Americans should instead support the idea and production of healthier processed and junk foods. He calls on the public to recognize that while many products on the market these days are labeled as “wholesome” and “healthy”, consumers should learn to become aware of the fat and calorie content in these products because many times they have the same- if not more- fat and calorie contents as that of a typical Big Mac or Whopper. In his essay, Freedman primarily places blame on the media and the wholesome food movement for the condemnation of the fast and processed food industries saying, “An enormous amount of media space has been dedicated to promoting the notion that all processed food, and only processed food, us making us sickly and overweight” (Freedman), he further expresses that this portrayal of the
Novelist, Eric Schlosser, in his novel, “Fast Food Nation”, expresses how fast food has spread. Schlosser’s purpose is to make us see how addicted we are to fast food. He adopts a shocking tone through the use of diction, Logos, and diction in order to get people to make better choices. For starters, one of the strategies that Schlosser used in this text is diction. Diction can be defined as style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words by a speaker /writer.
Supersize Me: It’s Time to Stop Blaming Fat People for their Size, Alison Motluk argues that we live in an “obesogenic society,” one that promotes weight gain and an increasingly unhealthy lifestyle. We do live in a society that makes it easy for people to become obese. For starters, the convenience and the relative ease it is to go to a fast food restaurant, and pick up breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Also the portion size that is offered at restaurants is enormous. We live in a society where most parents do not have the luxury to stay home and prepare healthy meals.
“I 've eaten this food all my life not knowing what was in it and how powerful the food industry was." (Kenner, Food Inc.) “The industry doesn 't want you to know what you 're eating because if you did, then you might not want to eat it" (Kenner, Food Inc.) Ethos components in the film strengthen the documentary claim about the food
As diets and health become more and more of a public concern in America. Two authors weigh in on their opinions on how the American public should handle the problem of obesity as well as their solutions to the overwhelming issue. In one article, “Against Meat,” published on the New York Times website in 2009, points out that the solution to obesity should be vegetarianism. Johnathan Foer who is a vegetarian, claims that his diet and way of living is his the way of improving health in the American public. Foer’s article provides a sense of humor as well as personal stories to attempt to persuade his audience for the ethical treatment of animals along with his personal solution for his own health and the health of his family.
Morgan Spurlock, an American Independent Filmmaker embarked on an experiment of eating only McDonalds for thirty days. He documented his findings in a documentary titled “Supersize Me” As a result, Spurlock gained nearly twenty-five pounds, and his body mass increased almost fifteen percent. The reason behind Spurlock’s investigation was to identify the problem with our countries rise in obesity, largely contributed to a lack of fresh and healthy food being available. Obesity is an epidemic plaguing our country ever so quickly and one of the biggest reasons for it is many communities don’t have access to fresh food, and in many times that food if available exceeds the families budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (1) defines
Junk food is responsible for the growing rate of obesity. This is outlined by David freedman in his article of “How junk food can end obesity.” David Freedman has credited the “health-food” motion, and followers of it along with Michel Pollan. Freedman claims that if the America desires to stop the obesity epidemic, or at least reduce its effects, they must shift to the fast meals and processed meals enterprise for assist, now not the “health-food” movement.
In the 2004 academy award nominated documentary Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock presents unsettling information about the health risks associated with a fast food exclusive diet (McDonald’s specifically). During this film, Morgan Spurlock uses several different field research methods to test his hypothesis and validate his findings. In one particular scene, we are shown the decomposition of McDonald’s food over a ten week span. Using observation-based research, we can clearly see how McDonald’s hamburgers and fries decay compared to hamburgers and fries lacking artificial preservatives. After a ten week period, we are shown that McDonald’s fries are seemingly unaffected.
Super-Size Me is a documentary film, created by Morgan Spurlock. This documentary emphasizes the message of the risks of consuming fast food and the outcomes that fast food has on people’s health. Spurlock came up with this idea from a lawsuit that involved two young girls suing McDonalds for their weight problems. The presiding judge over this case ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that their health issues were caused by consuming food from McDonalds. As an experiment to see if these girl’s claim had any merit, Spurlock was determined to only consume food from McDonalds for thirty days and see if there was any correlation between eating fast food and declining of health.