Cajigal, Chelsea F.
Erin Brockovich: Reaction Paper
The Erin Brockovich movie was an astounding film exhibiting the complexity of research. It also showed the process involved in social research. Erin and her boss, Mr. Masry, were facing a perplexing case against a billion dollar company, PG&E. Erin came across a file regarding one of Mr. Masry’s clients that really intrigued her and decided to explore it. She found out that the neighboring village of a PG&E factory had contaminated water due to the PG&E operations. She interviewed a few residents and discovered that most of them were gravely ill because of the contamination and that PG&E was hiding this information from the residents. This case was investigated for a long time because the research process was challenging to achieve. The film revealed how difficult it was to do research. The hardest part about social research in the movie was the data gathering procedure. It was really challenging and time consuming to interview the people involved in the case. Erin also had to search for important documents which were very difficult to find. She had to connect all of the data she gathered and be able to draw the right conclusion. She had to really look into the issue at hand because there was so much at risk. It can be seen in the film that cases like these can take up to several months to even be approved or started. This really takes time and effort to conduct. Erin had to go door to door for the residents to sign the petition and she was able to do so ending up with 634 signatures. She also had to persuade these residents to fight for their right and their lives since this was causing their terminal illnesses for their families. This goes to show that research really does require patience and persistence. The different personalities of the characters were also portrayed commendably. I thought the film was really interesting because its main character, Erin Brockovich, seemed to be a...
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