Changing the World, One DVD at a Time

The Wiz got me 2 very outstanding DVDs this Christmas - The Corporation and An Inconvenient Truth.

The Corporation was by far the most revealing movie I’d seen since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.  Even Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room pales in comparison of what terrible repercussions corporate cultures can inflict on society. The fact that coporations have enough muscle to push around government and media; to impact laws that protect society, with their only interest being profit, is terrifying.  Likely I’ve been too much of an optimistic twit to not catch onto this earlier.  And now that I’ve seen, I’m curious, and more than a little pissed off.

The idea of the corporation as a psychopathic person, with no accountability is almost beyond comprehension.  We spent the better part of 3 hours wondering what we didn’t know about the companies we bought things from, and if they were *good* or *bad*. Now we’ve got a bit of homework to check into:

Monsanto, Gap, LLBean. Eddie Bauer, Loblaws, Nestle, etc….. It may come down to making some serious choices about what we buy and who we buy it from. It could also come down to who you work for.

What sort of corporation do you work for, are they sustainable, do they have ethics, morals and good government? TELUS is pretty serious about community, the environment and ensuring that it’s sustainable and non-invasive.  AT&T? Well… you know.

An Inconvenient Truth was a continuation to the themes already being illustrated in The Corporation, and made us both talk to our families about what is going to happen to the world in the next 20 years, if global exploitation remained unchecked.

It all comes down to global responsibility. Corporate and citizen responsibility. Government responsibility. Your responsibility.

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