Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Well here is a DVD I guaran-damn-tee you won't be able to find at the giant box store anytime soon. Released in 2005 it is already somewhat dated but the message is still one that doesn't seem to be getting through the thick skulls of the North American consumer. One of things which struck me most on my return to Halifax was the virtual death of retail in what was once a vibrant downtown core. Seems people found it easier and cheaper to hit the large chain stores in the industrial parks and that as they say is that. While very preachy and alarmist at times, Robert Greenwalds documentary protest drives this point home and as this is still happening to communities all over I'd have to admit perhaps his wasn't preachy or alarmist enough. The Asian footage is of particular import even if it does seem staged and my biggest complaint is the film fails to point the finger at the biggest culprit of all being of course the patrons of said chain. Should be required viewing in all schools.


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