Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Corporation

Here's a fairly obvious statement: corporations put profits first. A lot of people would agree with that. Corporations would try to spin that. And this isn't saying that corporations are bad or good in and of themselves, just that they have this overriding incentive behind everything they do.

The Corporation is a look at what they are doing, and how they behave. Not surprisingly, corporations do not fair well. The movie starts with how corporations are people (well, they don't explain that, the movie just uses that), then shows that corporations are psychopaths. It shows that their image matters more than what they actually do. And, to be honest, there isn't a lot presented about what we could do to stop the corporations from doing what they want.

Some corporations, such as Monsanto, are picked on more than others. So yeah, it's easy to hold up examples of corporations gone bad. A lot of them, especially the larger ones, are, because that works for them. What we don't see in this is the flip-side: how do corporations work well? Can they work well? Do we need to get rid of them entirely? That is addressed... not at all.

Not an unpredictable look at corporations, but with a big focus missing.

But don't just take my word for it. They have the entire movie on YouTube:



Pete Hurley said...

If you watched the movie version of this Doco, you may want to track down the 3 part series of which the movie was made from.

Jamas Enright said...

Considering this is just under three hours, I'm not sure what the series would include over the movie...