Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is a black comedy film that satirizes the nuclear arms race between the USSR and the United States. As for Stanley Kubrick’s view of American foreign policy, I believe that this film it is a realist point of view. The reason being is that the satire highlights the Cold War attitudes felt at the time. There was a focus on the missile gap between the USSR and the US. But most notably, it is the “doomsday device” that is the primary focus of the film’s satire.
While no specific definition can encompass the whole of satire, it can be said to be the use of humour to expose and criticise humankind's folly, vice and stupidity and hold it up to ridicule. Satirists often use this technique to not only entertain the responder, but to bring about change by raising awareness of contemporary and historic issues and provoking action. Thus, while satirical texts are amusing, they also have a serious purpose. This is certainly the case in Michael Moore’s mockumentary Bowling for Columbine. He uses satire in his film to raise issues pertaining to the control of guns in America and find out the reasons why there is so much violence in America.
While this is being said, it also causes to audience to question the reliability of the film as they to are doing the same thing that they are reprimanding Fox about. They are only telling one side of the story and this leaves the audience feeling wary of the truthfulness of the film. The audience cannot deny though that they film reveals a number of issues which show the unethical practices that are committed by Fox and are going to be further discussed in this essay. One of the major issues presented by Outfoxed was the Political bias of the Network. Fox is a strong Republican supporter and tried to
The classic film Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy that warns people about the possibilities of global destruction. It is a satirical look at the Cold War and what could have easily been a nuclear war, ending in devastation for much of the world. According to the online dictionary, the definition of black comedy is the combination of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect. The director, Stanley Kubrick uses black humour to respond to the Cold War; Kubrick makes light of the situation of a rogue General causing the apparent end of the world. This film represents a political and cultural parody of Cold War rhetoric and anxiety.
Dear Editor, Garrett Hardin’s essay, “Lifeboat Ethics,” although a compelling read, is an appalling example of sloppy conservatism which seeks to manipulate the reader through erroneous, contradictory, bigoted, self-important, and cruel statements. “Lifeboat Ethics” is undoubtedly one of those opinion pieces that is meant to show readers the error of their ways. He all but begs the reader to set aside his or her “kind-hearted liberal” feelings, and provides many examples to walk the reader through his own viewpoint—as any good op ed should. (p. 134). Nonetheless, the omissions and baseless presumptions present in this piece insult the intelligence enough that it is impossible to seriously consider Hardin’s point (which is stunning in its brutality).
RESPONSE TASK- POPULAR DOCUMENTARIES “Bowling for Columbine” was directed by Michael Moore and is a film on America’s gun violence. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. “United 93” is a docudrama about the events in 9/11 that changed the face of terrorism. The docudrama is about the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane. The purpose of Bowling for Columbine was to show Americans and the rest of the world the violence and unfortunate deaths due to the allowance of guns for “self protection”.
A bomber dropped a bomb to destroy the munitions factory of the enemy. They intended to cause the explosion to kill the civilians near by the factory in a bid to terrorize the enemy to give up. According to the principle of double effect, although the results of the two examples (death of innocent civilians due to the explosion cause by the bomb) are the same, due to the different intentions (the intention of the Strategic Bomber was to alleviate the fighting ability of the enemy to reduce further deaths, while that of Terror Bomber was to terrorize the enemy) behind the same action, the Strategic Bomber can be justified since their action was done in an attempt to cease the war earlier. Apart from that, this principle is often use to justified the action of doctors giving high dosage of drugs to relieve the pain of terminally ill patients. This example also brings out a point about this principle that is the bad side effect cannot be the means for reaching the morally good intention.
In "Fashionable Anti-Amercanism," Dominic Hilton considers the villainous identity America has taken on by foreign countries. He discusses whether these countries are legitimately angry, or if they have a Freudian complex involving the fear to look look at themselves cynically and discontinue the blame towards America. There is strong focus on anti-Americanism being seen as fashionable and uneducated. Hilton questions whether it would matter what America did, because the discrimination would most likely continue. He uses examples, and quotes to demonstrate the irony of foreigners lack of condolence towards America.
The narrator wanted to know if he was mad, or not. Phrases such as "I heard all things in the heaven and in earth" (62), tells the reader that the narrator indeed is mad, yet the narrator thinks himself not. In the following statement, "If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body" (64). This sequentially helps the reader form their opinion that this man is mad .Poe brilliantly manipulates first person point of view to his advantage in this story. It brings out many emotions in the readers mind.