When I was younger, I had this plan to take over the world. It was pretty genius for an eight year old (I schemed probably until I was 10) I got myself one of those little maps of the world, and push pinned all the places I would run for election (politics first, then force). The plan was to take over all the little places first, then work my way up to the super powers, then unify them under my one flag. I figured if I started young by writing to overseas politicians, by the time I was able to be president of the U.S. (politics or force) Id be into my thirties
. I was going to take over small countries the way Wal-Mart takes over small towns
Theres a new documentary that came out today I cant wait to see. Its called Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Its directed by veteran documentary director Robert Greenwald. Reading about it, it seems he took a great approach to the film by focusing on hard working America, and not the usual spin doctors and high priced PR men huge world dominating companies we all know they have.
Hey, we all know that we get a little disgruntled with where we work sometimes. Thats why we call it work. But I got to tell you, I feel a little something more for the poor workers of Wal-Mart. I mean, we all know that the huge store chain is an unstoppable behemoth bent on crushing all competition in its wake. That includes hard working small businesses and mom and pop operations. We know that Wal-Mart is intent on crushing music artists with their edited CDs and want to put their happy smiley face logo everywhere. We know that Wal-Mart uses a unique type of product placement throughout their stores that makes people buy items they didnt even know they needed . But we never really thought about how they treat their employees. The documentary focuses on Wal-Marts high priced insurance program to anti union activities, complete with undercover videos, surveillance cameras and other plot twists directed towards its own employees, its no wonder many employees were told not to watch it or talk about it to each other.
Of course, there is another documentary coming out as a rebuttal. Directed by Ron and Robert Galloway, it is so far titled Why Wal-Mart Works and Why That Drives Some People Crazy. Wal-Mart insists that they did not provide financial backing for the film, but they are supporting it immensely. (Hey, anything for damage control, eh?)
It would be simple to say, lets all boycott Wal-Mart, as a matter of fact, Ive said it myself, but it didnt take. I mean, lets face it, I got a bank in there, Star Wars toys are pretty cheap, and they have a reasonably priced oil change program going on. If I truly cared about my time, I could get a haircut, my eyes checked, some cheap shoes, dog food, and even stop off for a Big Mac. Plus lets not forget Wal-Marts almighty low prices, its our own greed that fuels the machine, and we lose stores and businesses that have been around for generations because we would rather save a buck and some change on a few things. Im guilty, youre guilty, If you say you never bought something from Wal-Mart, youd probably be lying.
So what do we do? Well watching the documentary would be a start. Heck, watch both for all I care, Id pay attention to the one that focuses on middle class working America though, and not the one that interviews slick CEOs and PR men. Becoming aware of the problem helps. Buying things like CDs from stores that offer you a choice of edited and non edited CDs helps too, getting a haircut at a real shop, prescriptions from a pharmacy, and food from a market Well, lets be honest thats a personal decision, but as Victorians the city seems to have this nasty little habit of going to the biggest, best and newest places. That is why you cant get in a new restaurant for a month, or a new store. I mean seriously, is the coffee at Hastings THAT good? (it isnt but hooray for the expanded book section) Or are we just trying to be the ones where the action is at? Wal-Mart understands you and your cravings for bigger, better, and reasonably priced. And if we dont stop what were doing, we could be pledging to the United States of Wal-Mart before too long.
Maybe I should sue them for stealing my world domination plan.
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