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Here's a rarity in journalism: A product review where the reviewer wonders if the product's low, low prices has an impact on the wages the maker can give the assembly line workers.

The bargain DVD player review by Mike Langberg for Knight-Ridder, which was posted to TVBarn by Paul Murray is probably the first consumer product review to ask such a question.

We get this on the heels of a multi-part series from the LA Times about the consequences of Wal-Mart and the Faster-Cheaper philosophy. You have to wonder what happened to get these stories out of the progressive journals and the Indymedia affiliates into the eyes of the big boys? It seems as though the dam is breaking, or at least we're shifting from the New Economy age to the Second Guilded age.