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Bowling For Columbine Bias Essay Paper

...Bowling for Columbine: A Miss Leading Title Michael Moore, a documentary director, and usually the star of his documentary, you might know him from; Sicko, Slacker Uprising, Capitalism: A Love story, and many more documentaries. In his documentary Bowling for Columbine, he does not really discuss the Columbine massacre, given he talks about gun control and that it is one of the contributing factors to the massacre, but he rarely mentions it. Also, Moore threw in a lot of montages to help prove his points. Michael Moore earned an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, an award I personally do not think he deserved. Bowling for Columbine starts with clips of the President George W. Bush, ordering the bombing of another country, a girl in a bikini holding a M-16 (a type of gun), and a mention of two boys in Colorado who went bowling. The two boys that are mentioned are Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold, the teenage shooters of the Columbine massacre that took place April 20,1999. Within 15 to 20 minutes of the documentary Moore holds an interview with DJ, he is from Oscoda, Michigan hometown of Eric. DJ attended school with Eric, DJ tells Moore “it shocked me to hear it on the news”, that Eric was the shooter. After the shooting there was a bomb list at high schools made to figure out which kids would end up being an Eric and...

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Bowling for Columbine: documentary or fraud?
By Emily Wanklyn

Film maker, author and political activist, Michael Moore, created controversy in 2002 with his American documentary “Bowling for Columbine”. The documentary explores the Columbine school shooting, gun laws, and why Americans are so obsessed with violence and fear. Moore cleverly uses a variety of cinematic techniques to manipulate his audience. For instance, editing, music & sound, use of archival footage, and political agenda/bias.

One of the cinematic techniques that Moore uses that is most affective in his documentary is editing. For example; Charlton Heston’s speech. Charlton Heston, being the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), was an easy target…show more content…

Music and sound was another manipulated technique that Moore used to persuade the audience. During the film Moore included his dry sense of humour and played the song ‘what a wonderful world’ (By Louis Armstrong) when it cut to the montage of violent war scenes and American foreign policy decisions throughout the 20th and 21st century. This perceives the US government as being at fault for the increase of violence in young adolescents. Punk rock music, Marilyn Manson, violent video games and action movies were also put to blame in the documentary. As well as blaming the government, this music and scene choice is clearly a mockery of the government.

Archival footage was used to strongly persuade the audience as the use of it between the scenes which are inconsistent, makes the audience think that those inconsistencies are true.

strongly persuaded the audience In doing so, this positions the audience to feel distressed, sympathetic, scared and alarmed.
Near the halfway point of the film, a series of clips depicting “alarming” advice and information from the media is put together. In the background, a heart can be heard beating. As the clips continue, the heart beat increases. This further enhances the actual anxiety the viewer experiences while watching these clips. influence -Misleads you
- Master of illusion

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* Editing * What does the editing in that part do to the audience? *