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November 9, 2005

WAL-MART - The High Cost of Low Prices

I dislike Wal-Mart as much as the next guy but I've become very wary of the documentary format lately. It's probably because people see a documentary and think it's the outright thruth and that's all there is to it. People forget that it's still just a movie and that it's one persons vision of what they want you to see about it.

Robert Greenwald's "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is not "Fahrenheit 9/11." There are no goofy takeoffs of old television series. You won't see H. Lee Scott Jr., the chief executive of Wal-Mart, the largest retailer on the planet, practicing his golf swing or making revealing comments on camera.

He doesn't have to. Mr. Greenwald's film features plenty of star witnesses, many of them former employees. Weldon Nicholson, a store-manager trainer for 17 years, says that when Wal-Mart came into a new town, management people would scan the stores along Main Street and make a game of predicting how long it would take each business to close.

Regardless of the level of truth or slanted view it presents the materail in I'd still like to see it. I don't know if I'd pay to see it but if I happened to come across it on TV I'd watch.


Posted by hypnobee at November 9, 2005 8:51 AM