Bowling for Columbine

Essay by vunguyenCollege, UndergraduateA+, February 2005

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I agree with Moore`s argument that Americans are full of fear, but he does not present equal evidence to make his argument. The film seems to be edited heavily with sentences assembled, scenes put together.

Overall, Bowling for Columbine is a very thought provoking film, a compelling documentary written, directed and produced by Michael Moore in 2001. Michael Moore makes you think and asks the questions that aren't easily answered. What is responsible for the exceptionally high level of killing in America? Not a lot of guns, not a very violent history, not violent video games, movies or rock `n roll. After watching this film you can find you asking yourself the very same thing he does: Are Americans a nation of gun nuts or are they just nuts?

Moore does do a very good job in several parts when he talks about what so called racism and the Americans` fear of everything due to everyday mass media.

In the film, he mentions the book "The culture of fear" written by Barry Glassner, then raises the questions: "Why are so many fears in the air, and so many of them unfounded? Why, as crime rates plunged throughout the 1990s, did two-thirds of Americans believe they were soaring? How did it come about that by mid-decade 62 percent of us described ourselves as "truly desperate" about crime-almost twice as many as in the late 1980s, when crime rates were higher? Why, on a survey in 1997, when the crime rate had already fallen for a half dozen consecutive years, did more than half of us disagree with the statement "This country is finally beginning to make some progress in solving the crime problem"?". The irony, contrary of these statistics really make us think about what behind the seemed-harmless television program we...