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Taylor 1 Alanna Taylor AP English Composition Mr. Bradley 27 February 2019 The Effectiveness of Flawed Arguments In the filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary, “Where to Invade Next,” Moore interviews workers and students around the world in order to compare their way of living to ours here in America. He then uses this information to advocate for their liberal ideas to be brought back to us, believing they could help our kids get a better education, give employees more freedom at work, and improve the health of all our citizens. His use of satirical humor, awareness of the intended audience, and flawed arguments all contribute to why his message is convincing enough to appear successful. Although Moore was showing the audience a range of systems that, in an ideal society, worked well to benefit everyone equally, he tended to leave out important details in many situations. For example, Italy is a country that runs almost completely on government funding, which means they get significantly longer vacation time, shorter work days, and more support for unions. To the audience, these would all be welcome benefits in their lives, and they would easily sway them to Moore’s side. However, he never mentions the enormous pile of debt Italy has accumulated because of this, which proves he is secretly misleading us. Not only that, but whenever he interviews people, they are only the ones who agree with his views. In Norway he talks to a man whose son was killed in a mass shooting, but he feels no hatred towards the killer.
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