What Have I Learnt About the Connection Between Institutions and Individual Experience?

The negative connections that institutions and individuals possess are illustrated in the Michael Moore documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and the related text ‘The Truth or The Fight’ by Wordpress. Michael Moore’s documentary style film ‘Bowling for Columbine’ exemplifies the negative connections involving institutions and individuals, and the different implications, for example, fear and manipulation. The film consists of a vast range of techniques, for example, satire, statistics and montages, in order to reveal the nature of the relationship between individuals and institutions. ‘The Truth or the Fight’ on the other hand, uses symbolism and puns to show the relationship. The use of these techniques from each composer allows the audience to see the different experiences from institutions and individuals.

The film ‘Bowling for Columbine’ explores the notion that institutions refuse to take responsibility for their influence towards individuals. In the film, Moore conducts an interview with the Head of a plant near Columbine, where he questions, ‘So you don’t think our kids say to themselves, ‘Dad goes off to the factory every day, he builds missiles of mass destruction. What’s the difference between that mass destruction and the mass destruction over at Columbine High School?’’’ McCollum responded ‘I guess I don’t see that specific connection because the missiles that you’re talking about were built and designed to defend us from somebody else who would be aggressors against us. This clearly implies that McCollum doesn’t take responsibility for individuals. He does not understand that the parents, the dads who leave home every day and attend a plant, which builds missiles nearby, influences young people and cause them to believe that there is no difference between missiles which are built to defend us and the missiles which are used for mass destruction. He doesn’t see...