2018 SCOM Undergraduate Research Conference

Project Type

Research Panel

Start Date

10-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

10-4-2018 12:15 PM

Description

This paper uses Kenneth Burke’s pentadic criticism to examine the reality Fed Up, a documentary about obesity in the United States, wants its audience to accept about the obesity epidemic and why. The first half of the documentary frames the obesity epidemic as scene-act in order to change the audience’s reality of the issue because the obesity epidemic has been framed in society as agent-act, portraying obesity as the individual’s fault. The second half shifts to an agent-scene ratio to answer why Fed Up attempts to change the audience’s reality. The implications of the pentadic ratios and shift are discussed in relation to creating new advocacy surrounding the obesity epidemic.

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Apr 10th, 11:00 AM Apr 10th, 12:15 PM

Fed Up with the Personal Responsibility of Obesity: A Pentadic Analysis of Fed Up

This paper uses Kenneth Burke’s pentadic criticism to examine the reality Fed Up, a documentary about obesity in the United States, wants its audience to accept about the obesity epidemic and why. The first half of the documentary frames the obesity epidemic as scene-act in order to change the audience’s reality of the issue because the obesity epidemic has been framed in society as agent-act, portraying obesity as the individual’s fault. The second half shifts to an agent-scene ratio to answer why Fed Up attempts to change the audience’s reality. The implications of the pentadic ratios and shift are discussed in relation to creating new advocacy surrounding the obesity epidemic.