Supersize Me, Food Inc - The Food We Eat A sustainable and...

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The Food We Eat A sustainable and prosperous civilization depends greatly on its food supply. As a civilized nation in the twenty-first century, the United States of America has a dependable food supply, however, what has become of this food supply? What have things such as industrialization and fast food done to our nation’s food? In documentaries such as Supersize Me and Food Inc. they stress many issues occurring in our food supply today. These films use multiple strategies to convince us as the audience to believe what they are portraying is true about the food we eat today. These strategies are known as pathos, ethos, and logos with pathos being the most influential of the three. Logos is an appeal using facts, evidence, and statistics. Logos is the Greek word for logic. It appeals to the logical thinker, using information that cannot be disputed. The focus of a logos argument is the argument itself. The appeal logos is used in both documentaries as a way to present factual information to its viewers. The movie Supersize Me starts out with many different facts about America’s problem with obesity. Facts like America is the most obese country in the world and 60 percent of adults in America are obese. Then the movie moves on and continues to throw out facts like, obesity is second to smoking as a cause of death in the United States and that 20 percent of obese children have diabetes. Once the realization that obesity is a big problem in America sets in, BAM, the viewer is hit with another fact that in reality is quite scary. These facts and statistics about obesity in America are meant to make the viewer realize the severity of the situation. It uses percentages because people can understand them better, but do they truly bring full realization? Alone, these are just numbers and statistics that, as a viewer, do not have a huge impact on my view of the topic.
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The documentary Food Inc. focuses less on obesity as the issue with our food in America and more on large corporations; it focuses on how the food is produced instead of sold and eaten.
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