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30 Days: The Complete Series
30 Days: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Morgan Spurlock
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4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Days = Empathy: 101, December 16, 2010
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This review is from: 30 Days: The Complete Series (DVD)
30 Days is an incredibly moving and insightful TV series. In an era where the microphone is given to those who shout the loudest (and most polarizing) messages, Morgan Spurlock and his cast of cultural crusaders and average Joes/Janes explore some of the most contentious issues being debated in the US.

His tactic of choice? Empathy. People from different value systems do what many of our political leaders cannot bring themselves to do; attempt to see things from their opponents' perspective. This show exemplifies the age old idiom, "walk a mile in my shoes..." The breadth of issues encompassed in this show ranges from the plights of Native Americans and coal miners to the benefits of New Age practices. One might be turned off by the amount of social messages being thrown, but Spurlock does an excellent job of balancing heartfelt, learning, and quirky moments to keep you engaged and entertained.

His values premier in episodes that he stars in, but they are overt and he does a fairly decent job at remaining objective; giving both sides their due. So much so, that it may give pause to even the most passionate preachers; anti-firearm champions may question the cultural value of firearms in rural America and anti-immigration activists may sympathize with those they seek to deport.

This is a truly wonderful and, I think, important series. If you are looking for more validation so that you soap box stands a little higher, you may want to see what else is on. But if you have a genuine interest in seeking truth and a chance to witness humanity in both sides of the argument, my guess is you will get something out of this show.


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