Richard G. Jones, Jr.
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Walmart and the Economy: To Purchase or Picket?

Nov 21, 2012

As we approach Black Friday, there have been several news stories about protests being launched by workers in the form of picket lines and petitions against chain stores that are vying to get all the consumer dollars they can in this recessed economy.

As Rick Newman reports in his article for U.S. News and World Report titled "Wal-Mart Protests Pit Workers Against Shoppers", Wal-Mart has been the target of much of the controversy, as it, along with many other chain retailers, are opening earlier and earlier, which is drawing criticism from people who think consumerism is overtaking what the holidays are supposed to be about, which is giving thanks, serving others, and spending time with loved ones.

The persuasive speech presented below was presented at Eastern Illinois University's Betty Balasi Public Speaking Competition in November of 2011.

As you watch the speech, think about the speaker's arguments. What do you find most persuasive? Do you agree with the speaker's thesis?