Reaction Essay: The Corporation
The documentary The Corporation, directed by Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar and produced in 2004, although bias, opens many doors for discussion in regard to capitalism and the role of corporations in our lives. I found the documentary to be presented professionally, and filled with legitimate facts more so than extreme opinion. The documentary truly outlines the "all-pervasive" role the corporation has taken as the "world's dominant institution".
The film opens with a critique on the media's most widely-used metaphor to describe certain corporations as "a few bad apples". Among many newscasters quoted, George Bush is also shown belittling unjust corporations to a few bad apples. The documentary takes this and runs, so to speak, through exemplifying the short-sighted and belittling nature of this metaphor in describing the majority of the corporate world and its monopolizing, exploitive capabilities and tendencies. The film deems Dr. Frankenstein's creation to be analogous with the rise of corporations. The documentary illustrates corporations to have started as something for the "public good". The film discusses original chartered corporations with clear stipulations to avoid the multitude of injustices apparent today. This background information creates the outline for how far corporations have strayed from their role as a social betterment.
The film outlines the turning point to have occurred during the signing of the fourteenth amendment, this amendment was pushed between 1890 and 1910 in the name of free slaves. The amendment allots equal rights for individuals in terms of property, capital and the pursuit of happiness. The film highlights the fact that corporations skewed the amendment to include all corporations as individuals, thus allotting the rights of a person to a corporation. This in turn takes the blame off of many individuals leading a corporation and instead views them as one entity. The documentary quotes...
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