Saturday, March 24, 2007


Of course, I had a post with the exact same title back in November of '04, but that was in reference to the PBS Frontline documentary Is Wal-Mart Good for America?; today, however, I'm writing about another documentary, and this one's waaay more aggressive and damning than anything meek and mild PBS would ever dare to present. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price was released a year after the Frontline piece aired, and lemme tell ya, it's pretty F'ing great.

From the Wikipedia:

While the film begins with footage of Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott praising the corporation at a large employee convention, the film spends a majority of its running time on personal interviews. A variety of criticisms of the corporation emerge from these interviews. These include alledging anti-union practices, claims that Wal-Mart has a detrimental impact on small businesses, asserts that Wal-Mart has insufficient environmental protection policies, and claims Wal-Mart has a poor record on worker's rights in the United States and internationally. The film ends with interviews of community leaders that have prevented Wal-Mart stores from being built in their communities and an exhortation for others to do the same.

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If you read Real Art regularly, I'm sure you know where I'm heading with this. The film is now available, in its entirety, absolutely free of charge, on Throw Away Your TV for your viewing pleasure. It's great, so go check it out. Particularly poignant is the section talking about the extraordinarily high crime rate in Wal-Mart parking lots. They've only added security recently, and at only a few stores, because they were forced to do so by lawsuits. These guys really are total bastards.

Indeed, Wal-Mart sucks.