An Examination of Bias

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Submitted By alannahaynes
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Alanna Haynes
Wednesday December 14th 2011

Chew on This Media Analysis

How has fast food changed society?

MLA: Super Size Me. Dir. Morgan Spurlock. Perf. Morgan S.. Disney, 2004. DVD. Type: Documentary

Précis: Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. Morgan was to eat at McDonald’s three times a day, and consume each item on the menu at least once for 30 days. As a result Morgan gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. Morgan risked his life to expose the secrets of fast food companies, and in particular McDonald’s to help educate the public.

Examination of Bias: In the documentary, multiple forms of bias were exhibited, clearly establishing an anti-fast food campaign. Had the documentary not be biased, Morgan would’ve made some kind of an effort to get a hold of information that presented both sides of the story. However, without exception every person interviewed in the documentary had said something along the lines of fast food is bad for you, that it is harmful to your health, and that it will eventually make you fat and/or obese. Maybe what he did find was actually is the truth, but it was presented in bias. The audience can tell that Morgan started from the assumption that fast food is unhealthy, and everything in the movie only proves that point. One of the examples that spoke the loudest was when he visited the school for students with behavioral problems, and cited their organic,…...

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