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Becoming the Change Witnessed: Strategic Use of Empathy in Morgan Spurlock’s “Straight Man in a Gay World”
This essay examines the strategic use of empathic communication that fosters a loving struggle for Existenz in “Straight Man in a Gay World” (2005), an episode of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary-styled television program 30 Days. The show functions as a persuasive discourse designed to influence the heterosexual participant and, by extension, the implied audience. This essay offers an overview of key terms in the study of empathy and analyzes key moments of empathic communication in the episode.
Empathy, LGBTQ Studies, Morgan Spurlock, 30 Days, Televisual Documentary
The authors would like to thank Brett Lunceford and Erik Garrett for reading earlier drafts of this essay and Morgan Spurlock for putting it out into the world.
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Tumolo, M. W., & Biedendorf, J. (2016). Becoming the Change Witnessed: Strategic Use of Empathy in Morgan Spurlock’s “Straight Man in a Gay World”. The Qualitative Report, 21(6), 1178-1192. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2016.2278
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