Wednesday, April 28, 2004

A Tale of Two Viewpoints

Morgan Spurlock ate only at McDonald's for 30 days -- hamburgers, fries, shakes, and always choosing to supersize when asked -- and gained enough weight to make himself dangerously sick. He made a film of the experience and won a Sundance Film Festival award. He got on the national news for a few days, because his experience reinforced or followed the main narratives of news reporting: Americans are fat; fast food is bad; we eat too much fast food; advertising makes us do it; advertising is bad. Some of that is true, some of that is just repeated media story.

So, Al Lewis, reporting in the Denver Post, tells of a woman, also making a film, who ate only at McDonald's for 30 days. So far, half-way through, she's lost 7 pounds! She's careful with portions and she chooses salads and diet drinks.

Do you think she'll make as much of a media splash when she's done?

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