Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TOW#28: Documentary- Food Inc. 2008

Not Real Food

This documentary exploits the truth about where our food comes from. Eric Schlosser, the author of this film, wanted to show the world that they are being deceived by these massive food industries that call themselves "farms" when in reality, there is no source of farm life anywhere. One particularly interesting fact that I learned was the fact that most of what we eat contains corn, even in foods like soda that no one would expect corn to be in. It was even more shocking to hear about a boy who died from E. Coli. His mother only wanted an apology from the meat industry, but they were even reluctant to do that. As a result, she became an advocate and fought against those food industries.

The documentary definitely appealed to logos with its inclusion of video proof. There were videos of the treatment of chickens; It was petrifying. These poor chickens were living in dark, crammed spaces, and never being able to see sunlight. Their living conditions were so bad that the companies didn't allow cameramen to film the chickens. This appeal to logos brings fear into the audience because it shows how horrible these animals are being treated and how unnaturally they are cared for.

There were several anecdotes that were very effective for the film. One story told of a woman who had a son who died from E. Coli. It shows the uneasiness that she feels about the fact that her son died from eating food. There was also another story about a family who was financially struggling. This showed that there were deliberate reasons why people chose the dollar menu from McDonalds over a head of broccoli which costs much more. These unhealthy foods cost more because they are easier to make, thus making the food more artificial. Therefore this unfortunate family can only amount to junk food because it is more affordable.

Overall, the documentary was very effective. It not only discussed key ideas about food that many of people do not know, but also it showed physical evidence of what they were trying to say. The documentary was for people in America who are unaware of the terrible things that are going on in food industries. Although this document may not change anything anytime soon, it is a great start to show awareness to what people are eating and paying for.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TOW #27: TOW Reflection

In the beginning of the year, I felt that TOWs were pointless and just a waste of time. But as I did more throughout the year, I realized how much I've improved my writing. I realized that some of my first TOWs lacked understanding and analysis of the content. But I soon realized how to recognize the purpose of the content and appropriately analyze them.

I've definitely mastered understanding the purpose and being able to write the structure of the TOWs. I fully understand how to write them without making the writing look listed. However, I feel that I still struggle with finding good yet difficult content to analyze. I seem to lean towards easy topics because the purpose is easy to point out.

Overall, I feel that I benefited a lot from writing the TOWs. It not only gave me a broader perspective of different types of literature but also gave me lots of practice writing in certain formats.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

TOW#26 Audrey Hepburn Quote

Since today was Audrey Hepburn's 85th birthday, I decided to write about meaningful things she said when she was alive. 

She was the classiest, the best, the most amazing role model any woman could look up to. She was not only beautiful on the outside, but also beautiful on the inside. In this famous quote she talks about beauty. Her quote basically means that anyone can be beautiful. But it isn't to physically be beautiful, but to act beautifully. 

She believes that people choose beauty and those who choose to act like good people are beautiful. She shows that physical beauty is not just something that is born with, but it is developed over time. If one lives with love for others and optimism, they will be beautiful. She in this sense, appeals to ethos because she herself is a beautiful person. But saying such encouraging and meaningful words makes her more lovely. 

Audrey Hepburn never thought of herself as an icon. She was just the best Audrey she could be. She did not worry about what others thought. This shows toughness because as a woman, she has a lot of pressure to look her best, but she looks her best for her not for the people.

She is truly an inspirational person because she believes that each and every person can be beautiful. Beauty is a choice. Although being nice is not going to physically makes someone literally beautiful, she means that it is attractive to see someone kind and smiling rather than someone bitter and angry. She shows that all beauty takes is kindness, love, and confidence in yourself. 

Although she is no longer with us, she still remains in many hearts as a classy yet beautiful woman. She is not only a phenomenal actress, but also a wonderful being. Her beauty and kind words will last forever.