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Comparison between "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Silent Sprin

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Juliana Haag

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Transcript of Comparison between "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Silent Sprin

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Comparison between "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Silent Spring"
Same Goal
Both Gore and Carson want to persuade scientists to take on a challenge.
Moral Issue
Gore talks about his son's accident, his sister's defeat from cancer, and his own personal experiences in 2000, making this issue more than just scientific.
Lots of Evidence
Rachel Carson used letters, phone calls, campaigns, and activism to gather her own data.
"By far the most terrifying film you will ever see" -An Inconvenient Truth
Silent Spring:
Silent Spring- talks mostly about the pesticides used in the United States but does refer to some in other countries. The time period is 1962 (when the book was published).
Carson does her persuading by adding a bunch of technical references; she has so much evidence.
Gore, on the other hand, shows scientists at work. He paints a picture of scientists being his friends; he trusts their work is accurate.
Carson didn't mention her family or any of her own experiences, but she did claim that ecology includes our own bodies. She said that DDT and other chemicals harms our insides and not just our earth.
Al Gore used modern day devices, such as the internet, email, and television to help portray his message to the world.
(How they expected you to react)
"The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable" -Silent Spring (page 6)
Both Carson and Gore agree that the truth can hurt, but that doesn't mean we need to avoid it
An Inconvenient Truth- premiered in 2006. The audience is residents of the United States, but it takes about problems that are globally known.
Carson starts off by describing an environment where there is so much use of insecticides that there are no more birds left to chirp; therefore the title of a "Silent Spring" is derived. She portrays the earth as the protagonist and the chemicals and manufactures as the antagonists. In the middle of the 20th century the use of pesticides reaches its all time high causing not just for the insects to die, but for some to become more resistant to these chemicals. Carson also informs us of the harmful effects of DDT and other chemicals on our earth and our health.
An Inconvenient Truth:
An inconvenient truth begins with Al Gore stating facts about the very serious problem of global warming. He has many graphs, as well as questions that gets the audience thinking. Gore tells a story of truth and cold hard facts; he preaches about the changes that need to be made. Gore argues that if less CO2 is released the role of global warming can be reversed.
Rachel Carson:
She was a marine biologist and conservationist . Her career started in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. In the 1950s she became a full time nature writer. Her other books that were praised were called "The Sea Around Us" and "Under the Sea Wind". Silent Spring was accredited ted to help the environmental movement reach it's full potential.
Al Gore:
American politician (45th VP of the United States), philanthropist ("love of humanity"), and advocate. Gore had a lot of good requisites to host this documentary.
The purpose of Silent Spring was to inform people about the harmful effect of pesticides and pollution on our planet. The tone is urgency. Carson is in a rush to help the earth. Even though she doesn't use dramatic language, she conveys the message that the earth is in critical condition and needs attention right away. Short sentnces were used to make the point clear and easy to comprehend. Carson used emotional words to reenforce the intensity of this issue.
The purpose of An Inconvenient Truth is basically to show the audience what the earth will be like if we don't do something about global warming and pollution in general. The overall tone of this documentary is alarming. Gore uses well-defined, easy words to state was scientists in the past already knew. He chose serious graphs and video clips to show during An Inconvenient Truth. He had an unsmiling face to show how severe this issue really was.
Rachel Carson started the awareness of pollution by publishing Silent Spring. She influenced the global environmental movement without even intending to do so. Al Gore came along 50 years later with the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, which also made a big impact on how people thought of the environment. I would say that both of these influential pieces of art had about the same impact on the world, just during different time periods. Without Silent Spring, An Inconvenient Truth wouldn't be where it is today, but the public wouldn't be as informed as it is nowadays if it wasn't for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth backing up Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
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