Bowling for Columbine AnalysisMichael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine explores Moore’sthoughts about what caused the Columbine shooting as well as violent actsinvolving gun use. Michael Moore investigates common opinions about gun relatedissues, and violence in the United States. Moore’s Bowling for Columbine won numerous awards, some of which include AcademyAward for Best Documentary Feature, the Independent Spirit Award for BestDocumentary Feature along with many others. Moore is effective in convincing the audience that the media provokesfear in our society, which, as a result, is the reason why the United States hassuch high violent crime rates (especially those involving the use of firearms).Moore builds credibility, uses logical evidence, elicits viewer’s emotions, andcareful places juxtaposition in Bowlingfor Columbine to persuade viewers that the media does in fact influenceincreased gun use and violence in the U.
S.MichaelMoore uses ethos as a means of convincing the viewer that he is credible andtrustworthy. This is effective because we tend to believe people whom werespect, trust and like.
Michael Moore has the ability attain trust from theviewer because of his appearance as well as his background. In looking at theway Moore appears, he dresses like the common person, which would allow peopleto relate to him and feel as though he is “one of them”. This characteristic ofMoore makes him likable and makes him appear sincere unlike someone who uses theirpower to tell you what to think and do. Michael Moore’s presence on screen isone to mimic that of a friend. Also, Moore’s ethos is effectively developed asthe viewer sees that he grew up in Flint, Michigan, and is knowledgeable aboutthe gun culture and violence in the area. Due to the fact that his backgroundand upbringing involved many of the aspects that he discusses in the film, itshows that he is knowledgeable and credible about the issues. Notonly does Michael Moore’s presence in the film allow the viewer to feel asthough his information and point of view is trustworthy, he also interviews celebritiesand figures who contribute to his arguments.
An example of this occurs when heinterviews Marilyn Manson. In interviewing the rock and roll icon, Moore’sideas were confirmed in Marilyn Manson’s responses. To Michael Moore’s question,”Do you know that on theday of the Columbine massacre, the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than anyother day?” Manson responded”…Because that’s not the way the media wantsto take it and spin it, and turn it into fear, because then you’re watchingtelevision, you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear, there’sfloods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder …just this campaign of fear, andconsumption, and that’s what I think it’s all based on, the whole idea of ‘keepeveryone afraid, and they’ll consume.” This statementmirrors Moore’s views on the increased use and acquisition of firearms whichthen leads to violence due to the media’s ability to scare the community.Interviewing Marilyn Manson was an example of ethos because he is a well knowncelebrity. Interviews and appearances from celebrities and well known peopleadd credibility to Moore’s argument