Picture of the Day: 11/15/11

Does this point to the inevitability of corporate products in our culture or is this horribly ironic? Thoughts are welcome.

I’ve also noticed that “irony” is growing to be more prominent in our virtual linguistic cloud at stage right. There appears to be a lot of irony in this movement.

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7 responses

  1. Kris

    What I find ironic is that the corporate PR (who are paid to be PR) and the neoliberals/libertarians, by trying to marginalize our movement and make our claims seen minuscule and crazy, have actually illuminated one of our main points.

    Everyone in this picture, and everyone in modern capitalist/corporate society, has been forced to be consumers and “pay the toll”. Because that’s what this really is. Corporations have been given status as individuals, but unlike real individuals, there are no regulations and limitations stopping them from committing crimes and causing trouble. Few people can actually afford to NOT be consumers of irresponsible corporations and their products.

    It’s like driving to work on the Turnpike in NJ. You might not like paying the toll, but you have to if you want to get to work and make a livelihood. You might not like property taxes, but you have to pay them if you want to live somewhere.

    The difference is, with taxes and tolls, we vote for the people in control of pricing those things, and what the money is used for (as little influence we actually have over these decisions as of right now).With laws regarding corporations, and in regards to consumerist culture, we the citizens have no power whatsoever. When we vote for politicians who we think are against consumerism, they go and pass laws giving corporations status as individuals. Corporate lobbyists and the money backing these corporations up is what gives them so much power over us, and we can’t vote directly within these corporations to modify their behavior. These corporations are not cooperatives, they are not locally based, and corporate employees do not have the right to Collective Bargaining, and even where CB is being discussed, certain limitations, ultimatums and conditions are being put in place (such as in Ohio, where the ultimatum is that if you want collective bargaining, strikes have to be made illegal).

    In Joel Bakan’s “Childhood Under Siege – How Big Business Targets Children”, Bakan describes corporations as a game of hockey, where otherwise good individuals let their ugly sides show on the job because it’s all part of “the game’. Normal rules about civilized behavior no longer apply because, as an institution, corporations exist for only one thing: making profit. Making a profit is not inherently bad, but without restraint, and that being the only objective, anything that gets in the way, including the welfare and freedoms of citizens, becomes negligible.

    And yes, Occupiers are no exception. We have been forced into this corporate-ruled culture as well. We all have.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

  2. Kris

    *seem

    *corporations (not corporatation)

    * committing (with two t’s)

    Please excuse the typing errors.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    • I believe I fixed your errors, however unsettling the fact that I can alter your comment at all…

      Anyways, if someone requests you on Facebook with a red and black shaded profile picture, that would be me, the webmaster. Your email indicates you go to or work at Oswego, yes? I’m tempted to know more about you.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      • Kris

        I am actually a student at SUNY Oswego, and I am what they call a “discouraged worker” (it’s scary that they even had to come up with a word like that to describe what it going on in the employment sector).

        I also do not have a facebook. I didn’t have a twitter either, and I discontinued my twitter recently, but I’m beginning to question whether I should get one just because of how useful social networking is for grassroots organizations. I just don’t want all the drama associated with it, though.

        November 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

  3. Kris

    *is, not it

    Gerrr…. lol

    November 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    • Ah, see the whole social networking thing is a bit of a drag for me as well. Understandable. It’s not so much a socializing site for me as it is an occasional necessity as a virtual phonebook.

      HA! “Discouraged worker.”

      November 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      • Kris

        Yes, “discouraged” worker. It truly is a shame.

        Why can’t they just be honest and call it what it is? There are simply not enough jobs. It doesn’t matter how “encouraged” or “discouraged” I might be to work, there are no jobs.

        *shakes head at how ridiculous things have become*

        November 16, 2011 at 3:54 PM

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