Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter 367: Roger and Me

Irony in Roger and Me
Irony has a variety of different meanings but as I did my research on definitions I came across a meaning that really went well with Roger and me. The definition came from dictionary.com and stated irony as being a technique of indication through characteristics or plotting, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually stated. This definition fit well into the persuasive ironic tactics that Michael Moore Presented.
As I begin to watch this documentary I get a little confused but as Michael Moore continues to market his message I realize that the documentary means more then what we initially see. The film Roger and Me is a documentary filmed by Moore who is trying not only to get a message across but also an answer. The answer Moore is trying to get is why the people from the Union and GM are so careless about the jobs that were lost through the company. The message Moore is trying to deliver is that the reason behind the closing of several major plants is not the reason that GM says they are closing the plants. Some ways Moore influences this is through irony.
One specific scene that Moore uses irony is during the parade. An example is specifically when Ronald McDonald out of all people is riding down the street on a car and shouts out “isn’t this a great day for a parade”. This was one of the most important irony moments that Moore used to influence the audience to think more about the actual situation. The question that Ronald McDonald asked the crowd of thousands of jobless citizens seemed not only to be a rhetorical tactic but also a rhetorical question. There were plenty other moments during the parade that were ironic which played a big role in influencing the audience to understand what Moore was doing. The entire parade was ironic.

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