The Negative Effects of Walmart

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“Up Against Wal-Mart” by Karen Olsson, a senior editor at Texas Monthly and who’s article appeared in Mother Jones, introduces her article through the perspective of a Wal-Mart worker. She focuses on the negatives of Wal-Mart by telling the real life struggles of different Wal-Mart employees. “Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.” by Sebastian Mallaby, a columnist for the Washington Post, focuses his article on what Wal-Mart critics say and attempts to defend Wal-Mart by comparing Wal-Mart to other retailers. Even though Karen Olsson and Sebastian Mallaby both examine the negative effects of Wal-Mart, Olsson berates Wal-Mart’s unfair treatment towards employees and the unlivable wages that the world’s largest retailer provides while Mallaby defends Wal-Mart’s actions with reasonable statistics. Both authors talk about the negative views people have on Wal-Mart. However, each author has a very different style at approaching the topic. Karen Olsson’s article gives more of a personal aspect in her article by providing personal stories of actual Wal-Mart employees. Instead of picking out directly what is wrong with the Wal-Mart company, Olsson uses the stories to show the horrific effects that Wal-Mart has on its employees and the middle class. She even opens her article with “Jennifer McLaughlin is 22, has a baby, drives a truck…and works at Wal-Mart” (Olsson 606). By starting her article through a personal perspective, she provides an insight into the life of a Wal-Mart employee. Olsson’s article has a strictly negative outlook and shows no positive effects that Wal-Mart has to offer. Sebastian Mallaby, however, structures his article in a completely different manner. He uses an approach of justification instead of stating his... ... middle of paper ... ... article focused on defending the flaws of Wal-Mart that most people already know about. However, he provided more statistical evidence, which made the topics he discussed have better evidence to back up his opinion. Mallaby’s article was effective in defending most of the topics he discussed, but his article still failed to relate to readers on a personal level. Overall, both articles had excellent points and effective reasoning and gave the readers insight into the effects of Wal-Mart. Works Cited Mallaby, Sebastian. “Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.” They Say I Say with Readings. Eds. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: WW Norton & Company, 2012. 620-623. Print. Olsson, Karen. “Up Against Wal-Mart.” They Say I Say with Readings. Eds. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: WW Norton & Company, 2012. 606-618. Print.
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