Why is Sicko so good?
I have a theory: the Internet. At his website, Moore asked for health-insurance horror stories. He got 25 thousand submissions, I have read. With that much to work with, you can select some extremely moving stories. Not only that. In an article I wrote for Spy, my editor crossed out some comment I had made. “Sometimes the material is so good it speaks for itself,” she said. Moore’s material was so good it spoke for itself. Because Moore said less the diversity of voices was increased, a big artistic plus.
There is a connection with self-experimentation. I was surprised how effective my self-experimentation turned out to be — effective scientifically. Far more than my other research (just as Sicko is far better than Moore’s other movies). I came to believe that there was a large plodding element in effective science — to find new cause-effect relationships, you needed to be able to try lots of things. Self-experimentation worked so well because it made it easy to plod, to try lots of things. Sicko is so good because his website made it easy for Moore to gather lots of good stories.