Archive for the ‘Corporate Corruption’ Category

Wha’ Hoppened? Michael Moore Tells All
August 13, 2011

In a piece at Common Dreams Michael Moore explains how we got to the dismal place we’re at today, living in a country that’s sliding into plutocracy and theocracy, sliding down a chute greased by Ronnie Raygun, the phony Christians of the right wing, and the money guys in the banks and on Wall Street, the corporatocrats, and oh, yes, by the AFL-CIO.

Does anybody remember PATCO?

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It’s a good read. 

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Marketing Wisdom: Woolite Says Torture Sells Soap!! Yowsah!!
August 4, 2011

 

This is a new Woolite commercial, directed by Rob Zombie:

You can find the video and the comments here. The comments appear to be pretty much ‘Oh Wow!!’, perhaps indicative of the mindless state of childish American intellect today.

The advertising industry has trivialized just about everything they’ve touched, so why should torture be an exception.

Woolite and its ad agency believe torture sells soap. They couldn’t stop at the concept of zombies, generally affectionately regarded by horror movie fans, selling soap. It is one thing to watch zombie horror in a horror movie, or even faux torture in shallow television shows and movies. You expect what you get. But to use torture as their metaphor to sell soap, to sell anything, in a television commercial?

I doubt that any of the untold numbers of people Americans have tortured would be inclined to buy Woolite after seeing this. We might keep in mind that any number of them have been turned into zombies by torture: their lives destroyed, their minds broken, their hopes and beliefs shattered.

Given everything that’s been learned about torture, not only in human history, but in the last ten years, what kind of mind, what kind of culture is so debased that it thinks using torture to sell soap is cute?

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Walt Disney Company Sinks Into Moral, Ethical Sewer: Seeks To Trademark ‘SEAL Team 6’ For Profit
May 16, 2011

It’s bad enough Walt Disney took away the dignity of mice, ducks, dogs, dwarves, and whatever else he could get his hands on, but now his corporation has started the process of trademarking the name of the SEAL team that killed Osama Bin Laden.

SEAL Team 6 is a United States military unit, and as such all aspects of it belong, if it can be said to belong in this sense, to the American people, not to the Walt Disney corporation.

SEAL Team 6 at its core is trained to engage in profound violence to kill human beings. It is one thing to knock Mickey Mouse senseless in a cartoon. It is quite another form of violence, a moral violence in an unquenchable lust for profits, to appropriate the name and values of  a group of men trained to commit genuine, murderous violence, no matter their cause.

And Disney’s move can be seen not only as a disgusting grab for cheap profit but also as the trivialization of  a crew of dedicated, skilled military men and the democratic values they believe they are fighting to sustain.

No doubt that if Disney succeeds in grabbing this trademark the men of the SEAL teams and the American people will not see one damned penny of the money the Disney greedsters collect as they cheapen and destroy American military values. Perhaps their ad campaign will boast, “SEAL Team 6, the Mickey Mouse of the American people!!”

I’m  put in mind of the line from the film The Pawnbroker, where a customer accuses the pawnbroker, “People bring you a dream and you give them a dollar.” Except that Disney has it backwards: a free democracy allowed Walt Disney to create his corporate empire, and in return his corporation kicks the legs out from under democracy and trashes its values and steals its money.

Disney, in going after the SEAL Team 6 trademark, shows itself to have diseased values dredged from the corporate sewer.