I don’t know what’s been in the air lately, but Danny and I have just been watching through every documentary we can find on Netflix. Documentaries are fun to watch, but I always watch with a weary eye.
It’s not that I think documentary-makers are liars or trying to stretch the truth. But with any “text,” the creator brings their own perspectives to both the gathering of information and the presentation of ideas. This is unavoidable and applies to every type of communication and art.
So last night, we watched “Walmart: the high cost of low prices”. I wasn’t shocked or surprised since I already knew a lot about the class action law suits against Walmart as well as the efforts of the company to stop any type of unionizing for their associates.
But this documentary definitely had it’s place in my opinion. First of all, it proved my point to Danny that “trickle down economics” doesn’t work because it relies too much on the wealthy choosing to let the benefits trickle down through job creation.
At the end of the documentary, I had an interesting question. I asked Dan, “If I told you right now, you had to go out and purchase an entire outfit of clothes not made by a corporation, where would you go?”.
After asking this question, neither Dan nor I could answer it. We’ve become such a corporate world that it feels impossible to buy hand-made, locally-made items. It’s bad enough food is flown all around the world, but now it is also apparent that everything we purchase is made around the world.
I think we may be ready to join a hippie commune of home-grown foods and self-made clothing. However, it’ll be some time before we can wear clothes that look normal and potato sacks will have to do. If I start wearing a potato sack, do I appear to be more Irish? Just a thought….