April 28, 2016

How the ‘Evil Corporation’ Became a Pop-Culture Trope

It’s become so cliche to have faceless, heartless, and soulless corporations conspiring against their employees and consumers that the concept is considered simple and digestible enough for inclusion in children’s movies like 2008’s Wall-E.

The problem of the 20th-century corporate dystopia was one in which people can become products, but its 21st-century counterpart asks what happens when products become people, when the non-sentient become sentient, and when CEOs, shareholders, and customers alike allow corporations to take on a life of their own.

 

Our deep-seated fears of the power of business

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