Visual Argument – Billy Kluge

Bullying Prevention

  • The video starts with a black screen stating that the footage is real. This makes the viewer realize what they are about to see is a problem that is actually happening. It is all truth.
  • From the beginning you can hear the sound of kids talking loudly in the background. 
  • The sound is shown to be coming from a school bus filled with kids assumed to be around middle school age. The camera is set to make the viewers feel like they are on the bus, as if they are another bi standard watching what is happening.
  • One boy is yelling curses at and pushing a smaller looking boy.
  • The smaller boy tries to yell back but another boy hits him and starts yelling at him to move away from them on the bus. The boy being bullied has no choice but to comply. The director uses this clip to portrait classic bullying and what can happen on a normal ride to or from school.
  • A few more kids gang in on bullying the boy. He tries to fight back but has no success. He is outnumbered. The camera shows all of this happening while the viewers must just watch the boy get hit by the other kids and hear his failed resistance.
  • The video cuts to other children on the bus giving quick glances at the scene that is going on, some look away but some just stare. They all obviously notice the bullying but no one says anything to stop it. The director is showing that other kids not involved in the fight on the bus will just sit there and do nothing. They want to help but are too afraid to and don’t know how.
  • The boy being bullied shouts “No” repeatedly. It can be heard how much he is not enjoying what is happening.
  • A voice over says “Everyday kids witness bullying, they want to help but don’t know how.” The director uses this voice over to get the final message across, while the viewer is feeling bad for the boy in the clip it is shown that the bullying could have been stopped if the other students on the bus said something.
  • The video keeps cutting to kids starting and the sound of the boy continues to scream “No” and ask why the others are hurting him.
  • The screen fades to black and in white letters says “Teach your kids how to be more than a bystander.” The director ends the clip with this message so that the viewers know they can help prevent what they have just witnessed happening again.
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3 Responses to Visual Argument – Billy Kluge

  1. davidbdale says:

    Not much analysis going on here, Billy. Why did the director make the choices she made?

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