Film Recommendation: ‘Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price’ (2005)

This kind of documentary frustrates me on more than one level.

On the one hand, it illustrates yet again how people and the environment are being exploited by unscrupulous multi-national corporations, concerned only with their own profits.

At the same time, I find the approach taken in such documentaries to be off-puttingly one-sided. Furthermore, the approach taken in this one (including tone and graphics) betrayed a strong focus on the US audience at the expense of the world-wide applicability of the points being made.

3 thoughts on “Film Recommendation: ‘Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price’ (2005)”

  1. I think we need to be cautious when getting our information from ‘polemical’ documentaries as was highlighted to me recently by the well-presented, but basically disingenuous, misrepresenting pack of lies that was the Channel 4 documentary that was “The great global warming swindle”. I’ve spoken to several very well informed intelligent people who were taken along by the film, and without being a climate scientist you would have struggled to spot that the graphs it presented grossly misrepresented the facts. It was only after digging for a while on the Internet that I learned how false almost all of its arguments were. It is not just that the facts were wrong and at least one interviewee misrepresented, but that the style of the programme created an emotional reaction without giving you any options but to agree with it. Reference.

  2. Hey

    There was a great film out a few years ago called Corporation. It was pretty good and though it had a cameo from Michael Moore it didn’t descend into a reactionary diatribe (does that work?).

    There’s only so much preaching you can take. Post-modern people like us much prefer a conversation instead of a polemic…

    Am I making sense?

  3. Thanks, Lincoln!

    I actually watched The Corporation just last week. It still made me angry, but at least now I know what to do…

    (See my new post ‘A Co-operative Manifesto’, above)

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