The Corporation

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Overview

In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing ...
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Overview

In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing power over the day-to-day existence of nearly every living creature on earth, would be a psychopath. The case studies include a story about how two reporters were fired from Fox News for refusing to soft-pedal a story about the dangers of a Monsanto product given to dairy cows, and another about Bolivian workers who banded together to defend their rights to their own water supply. The pervasiveness of corporate influence on our lives is explored through an examination of efforts to influence behavior, including that of children. The filmmakers interview leftist figures like Michael Moore, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky, and give representatives from companies Burson Marsteller, Disney, Pfizer, and Initiative Media a chance to relay their own points-of-view. The Corporation won the Best Documentary World Cinema Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

DISC ONE 16:9 anamorphic film transfer, formatted for widescreen TVs; Two feature audio commentaries: One with co-directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, and one with writer Joel Bakan; Janeane Garofolo interviews Joel Bakan on Air America's Majority Report; "Q's and A's": A selection of television, radio and festival interview segments with the filmmakers, including segments from CNN Financial, WNYC, WBAI, and Air America; Theatrical trailers for The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media; Selection of deleted scenes, including additional clips from Michael Moore's The Awful Truth; Grassroots marketing video segment

DISC TWO "Topical Paradise" and "Tell Me More": Over 5 hours of additional footage of The Corporation's 40 interviewees, searchable by topic or interview subject; additional trailers; web links; subject updates; and more

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If Academy Awards were given for films most likely to start arguments at dinner tables, this hot-button polemic would have won the 2005 Oscar hands down. It begins with the revelation that, according to a Supreme Court ruling, a corporation must be considered a person rather than an entity. Under this definition, reasons profiler Robert Hare, corporations can be categorized as psychopathic because they exhibit a personality disorder: that of single-mindedly pursuing their objectives without regard for the people in and around them. This observation becomes the jumping-off point for directors Jennifer Abbot and Mark Achbar, who present a dizzying succession of talking heads and stock shots to make the case that the corporate world is responsible for just about every bad thing that happens on the planet and above it, if you count the diminishing ozone layer. These evil corporations, we're told over and over, are systemically depleting the earth's resources and robbing future generations, in order to enrich themselves in the present. Dutifully trotted out to make this case are left-wing torchbearers Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, as well as "responsible" corporate figures such as Interface's Roy Anderson. Predictably, the filmmakers take shots at all the Usual Suspects, from George W. Bush to Kathie Lee Gifford, to make their guys look noble and everyone else ridiculous. The end result is almost comically one-sided, although there are half-hearted attempts at balance in the occasional interpolation of remarks by free-market advocates such as Milton Friedman. There's something to be learned here, even if the directors take the attitude of scolds. If nothing else, The Corporation is provocative, and it certainly merits viewing by anyone with even a scintilla of interest in humanity's well-being.
All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's not easy to make an entertaining documentary -- running nearly two and a half hours, no less -- about a subject that most audiences find too depressing, challenging, and complex to foster engagement. Remarkably, The Corporation does just that, its achievement all the more laudable for taking on a topic whose very nature is amorphous and hard to identify. As the title indicates, that topic is the corporation itself -- that faceless but omnipresent body that, in the guise of countless business and manufacturing organizations, exerts massive influence over modern industrial life. The left-leaning politics of the filmmakers are apparent, but never in a dogmatic way, as they break up the movie into numerous sections diagnosing and offering prognoses for the corporation, as if that entity was a psychiatric patient. To no surprise, the corporation comes off roughly equivalent to the most disturbed mentally ill individuals, acting without guilt, shame, or consideration of consequences that include environmental devastation, disregard for personal and legal rights, and wanton exploitation of third-world peoples and resources (and much more, but a complete list would necessitate several capsule reviews). Sound dry? It isn't, because the filmmakers cannily employ witty graphics, stock footage, and above all, fascinating interviews to illustrate the history of the growth of the destructive power of corporations, fast-paced and well edited. The interviewees include some of the usual suspects you'd expect to show up in such a film -- Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, and Howard Zinn, for instance -- but many more less celebrated figures comment, sometimes guardedly and sometimes surprisingly frankly, on the monstrous but relatively anonymous behavior corporations generate. Some of them, one suspects, end up giving away more than they really want to. What's even more chilling than the environmental damage and human exploitation that corporations wreak is the guileless, almost gleefully willful co-option of some of the interviewees into the corporate process, like the university students whose studies are actually "sponsored" and paid for by corporations; the Shell executive who claims that he shares the same goals as protesters against his company's environmental policies; or the guy who makes a living being a deceitful corporate infiltrator-spy of sorts. In this way, it's suggested that part of the corporate malady is the human character itself. It's a depressing, if informative and thought-provoking, prognosis, though ameliorated slightly by a more hopeful closing section documenting some pockets of resistance to the corporate danger, most movingly through a carpet manufacturer who actually seems sincerely dedicated to making his business more ecologically responsible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 795975106535
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,587

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Akre Participant
Raymond L. Anderson Participant
Joe Badaracco Participant
Maude Barlow Participant
Mark Barry Participant
Elain Bernard Participant
Edwin Black Participant
Carlton Brown Participant
Christopher Barrett Participant
Luke McCabe Participant
Peter Drucker Participant
Dr. Samuel Epstein Participant
Andrea Finger Participant
Milton Friedman Participant
Sam Gibara Participant
Dr. Richard Grossman Participant
Dr. Robert Hare Participant
Gabriel Herbas Participant
Lucy Hughes Participant
Ira Jackson Participant
Charles Kernaghan Participant
Robert Keyes Participant
Mark Kingwell Participant
Tom Kline Participant
Chris Komisarjevsky Participant
Dr. Susan Linn Participant
Robert Monks Participant
Mark Moody-Stuart Participant
Oscar Olivera Participant
Jonathon Ressler Participant
Jeremy Rifkin Participant
Anita Roddick Participant
Dr. Vandana Shiva Participant
Clay Timon Participant
Michael Walker Participant
Robert Weissman Participant
S.S. Wilson Participant
Irving Wladawsky-Berger Participant
Mary Zepernick Participant
Howard Zinn Participant
Mikela J. Mikael Voice Only
Noam Chomsky Interviewee
Naomi Klein Interviewee
Michael Moore Interviewee
Technical Credits
Jennifer Abbott Director, Editor
Mark Achbar Director, Cinematographer, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Joel Bakan Screenwriter
Harold Crooks Screenwriter
Rolf Cutts Cinematographer
Cari Green Co-producer
Jeff Koffman Cinematographer
Nathan Neumer Co-producer
Leonard J. Paul Score Composer
Velcrow Ripper Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shandel Co-producer
Bart Simpson Producer
Kirk Tougas Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. What Is a Corporation? [6:27]
2. Birth [4:25]
3. A Legal "Person" [5:03]
4. Externalities [2:12]
5. Case Histories [22:21]
6. The Pathology of Commerce [:48]
7. Monstrous Obligations [5:33]
8. Mindset [7:33]
9. Trading on 9/11 [2:10]
10. Boundary Issues [6:39]
11. Basic Training [9:24]
12. Perception Management [2:17]
13. Like a Good Neighbour [3:05]
14. A Private Celebration [3:38]
15. Triumph of the Shill [2:39]
16. Advancing the Front [5:06]
17. Unsettling Accounts [10:58]
18. Expansion Plans [4:01]
19. Taking the Right Side [6:25]
20. Hostile Takeover [2:42]
21. Democracy Ltd. [8:25]
22. Psycho Therapies [16:45]
23. Prognosis [2:49]
24. Credits [2:17]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Movie
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Q&A
         Play All
         How Did This Film Come Together?
         Is the Film Meant to Be All Emcompassing?
         How Do You Avoid Marginalization?
         How Did You Get CEOs to Be in the Film?
         Where Did the Money Come From?
         How Do You Account for the Popularity of Documentaries?
         What Is the Significance of You Being Canadian?
         What Do We Need to Do?
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Adbusters - Economists Must Learn to Subtract
         Kernaghan/Walker - Office Tours
         Chris and Luke - The Homeless Need Sponsors
         Mark Berry - Soldier of Fortune (500)
         Tom Kline - Wrap Up
         Jonathan Ressler - Undercover Marketing Is Everywhere
         Wilson/Akre - rBGH Health Questions
         Psycho Therapies - Introduction
      Majority Report Interview With Joel Bakan
      Katherine Dodds on Grassroots Marketing
      The Corporation Trailer
      Manufacturing Consent Trailer
      DVD Credits
   Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Surround
      Audio: English Descriptive Video
      Audio: Commentary by Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott
      Audio: Commentary by Joel Bakan
      Subtitles: Off
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
Side #2 -- The Interviews
   Hear More From... - View Interviews by Person
      Ira Jackson
         Play All
         History: Adam Smith - Poster Boy for Greed
         Capitalism: Needs a Moral Manifesto
         Social Responsibility: Principled Companies
         Strategies for Change: It's Up to Consumers and Employees
         Related Web Resources
      Robert Keyes
         Play All
         Social Responsibility: Trust Us
         Regulation: A Pen Is Not a Pen
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      Joe Badaracco
         Play All
         The Nature of the Corporation: The Corporation Is Moral
         Ethics and Values: Don't Be a Hero
         Marketing to Kids: It's OK if It Doesn't Work
         Regulation: Fear of the Spotlight
         Corporations and Government: Cover Your Bases
         Strategies for Change: What's It Gonna Take?
         The Future: Carpe Diem!
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      Ray Anderson
         Play All
         The Market: The Invisible Hand Is Blind
         The Market: Innovative Incentives
         Ethics and Values: Leading by Example
         Regulation: As Bad as the Law Allows
         Strategies for Change: Real-World Strategies
         Related Web Resources
      Noam Chomsky
         Play All
         History: An Attack on Classical Liberalism
         History: The End of Freedom
         History: Gain Wealth Forgetting All but Self
         Labour: Labour Market Flexibility
         Selling the Commons: Patenting Life
         The Nature of the Corporation: More Rights Than People
         The Nature of the Corporation: 80-20 Rule; Private Tyranny; Strategic Alliance
         The Nature of the Corporation: Flaws in the System
         The Nature of the Corporation: Morality; Indoctrination; Structures of Institutions
         Strategies for Change: The Responsibility of Activists
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      Mary Zepernick
         Play All
         Regulation: Regulating vs. Defining
         Democracy: Property Over People
         Strategies for Change: Changing Relationships, Changing Language
         Strategies for Change: Challenging Patriarchy
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      Richard Grossman
         Play All
         Democracy: Slave Master to Corporate Manager
         The Nature of the Corporation: And the Corporation Went Forth and Multiplied
         Strategies for Change: The Evolution of Resistance
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      Howard Zinn
         Play All
         History: The Haymarket Affair
         History: The Strike Is Born
         History: Backlash to the Future
         Related Web Resources
      Robert Monks
         Play All
         Regulation: The Revolving Door
         Corporations and Government: Accounting for Greed
         The Nature of the Corporation: Ingeniously Designed
         Strategies for Change: Shareholder Activism
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      Michael Moore
         Play All
         The Nature of the Corporation: We Are the Culprits
         Strategies for Change: Humor, Ridicule, Pressure, and Jail
         Strategies for Change: Unions and Protests
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      Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
         Play All
         Corporations and Government: Influence Takes Trust
         Social Responsibility: Confession Is Good for the Corporate Soul
         Social Responsibility: The Law Will Follow
         Regulation: We Need Rules
         The Nature of the Corporation: Consumers Drive the System
         Corporations and Government: Shell in Nigeria
         Related Web Resources
      Milton Friedman
         Play All
         Social Responsibility: A Waste of Money
         Regulation: The Government Industrial Complex
         The Nature of the Corporation: The Corporation Is Amoral
         The Role of Government: Too Much Government
         The Role of Government: Control Externalities
         Externalities: There Is a Free Lunch
         Democracy: I Don't Believe in Democracy
         Related Web Resources
      Charles Kernaghan
         Play All
         History: Triangle Shirtwaste Fire
         Labour: Worker Rights, Yeah Right
         Strategies for Change: Tactical Intelligence Acquisition
         Strategies for Change: Sweatshops Will Not End Unless...
         Strategies for Change: Don't Boycott Sweatshops
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      Michael Walker
         Play All
         Regulation: Regulation Is the Problem
         The Market: Superstitious Fears
         The Market: An Inevitability of History
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      Naomi Klein
         Play All
         Branding: Brands Not Products
         Branding: Selling Us Our Values
         Branding: Designer Activism
         Labour: Codes of Conduct
         Labour: Joke Jobs
         Marketing: Cool Hunting
         Marketing: Mainstream Dissidence
         Strategies for Change: Circumvent Party Politics
         Strategies for Change: The Consumption Dilemma
         Related Web Resources
      Dr. Samuel Epstein
         Play All
         Externalities: Household Carcinogens
         Corporations and Government: The Cancer Establishment
         Strategies for Change: Curing the Cancer Epidemic
         Related Web Resources
      Jeremy Rifkin
         Play All
         Selling the Commons: Genes
         Selling the Commons: Commercial Eugenics
         Strategies for Change: Culture First
         Related Web Resources
      Steve Wilson
         Play All
         Perception Management: What Monsanto Knew and How They Knew It
         Perception Management: When We Lie to You It's All Over
         Related Web Resources
      Jane Akre
         Play All
         Update: Fox rBGH Suit
         Update: rBGH Suit - Cost/Benefit Analysis
         Update: Is rBGH Still in Use?
         Strategies for Change: Fighting GMOs
         Strategies for Change: Radar Up!
         Strategies for Change: Choose Organic
         Related Web Resources
      Carlton Brown
         Play All
         Trading: Go for Broke
         Trading: The Art of the Sell
         Trading: Exploiting Opportunities
         Related Web Resources
      Robert Weissman
         Play All
         Corporate Crime: What the List Tells Us
         Social Responsibility: Pfizer's AIDS Philanthropy
         Strategies for Change: Does Globalization Help the Poor?
         Strategies for Change: Keeping Corporations in Line
         Related Web Resources
      Dr. Robert Hare
         The Nature of the Corporation: The Complete Diagnosis
         Related Web Resources
      Sam Gibara
         Play All
         The Nature of the Corporation: Role of the CEO
         The Nature of the Corporation: Who Are the Shareholders?
         The Nature of the Corporation: Not Democratic Not Fascist
         Corporations and Government: The Corporation as Government
         Externalities: Responsible Corporations Don't Externalize
         Strategies for Change: Stakeholder Participation
         Related Web Resources
      Dr. Vandana Shiva
         Play All
         Selling the Commons: Tripping Up TRIPPs
         The Nature of the Corporation: Rights vs. Responsibility
         Ethics and Values: Corruption of Science
         Related Web Resources
      Marc Barry
         Play All
         Ethics and Values: Exploiting Disaffection
         Ethics and Values: Spying for U.S. Corporations
         Related Web Resources
      Mark Kingwell
         History: Adam Smith
         Related Web Resources
      Maude Barlow
         Play All
         Corporations and Government: Corporations' Rules
         Perception Management: Think Tanks
         Strategies for Change: Redefine Our Relationship to Nature
         Strategies for Change: Evade Government
         Related Web Resources
      Dr. Susan Linn
         Play All
         Marketing to Kids: The Drool Factor
         Marketing to Kids: The Key to Happiness
         Marketing to Kids: The Use of Psychologists
         Marketing to Kids: The Battle for Kids' Minds
         Marketing to Kids: Merchandising
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      Lucy Hughes
         Play All
         Marketing to Kids: A Measure of Success
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         Marketing to Kids: Response to Critics
         Marketing to Kids: What's Next
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      Chris Barrett & Luke McCabe
         Play All
         Marketing: We're Not Selling Out
         Strategies for Change: What, Me Protest?
         The Nature of the Corporation: Corporations Are Good and Bad
         Marketing to Kids: When Corporations Go Too Far
         Social Responsibility: No Bad News
         Update: Where Are They Now?
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      Chris Komisarjevsky
         Play All
         Social Responsibility: People Expect More From Corporations
         Perception Management: Valuing Intangible Assets
         Perception Management: Strategic Philanthropy
         Perception Management: I Hate Spin
         Perception Management: Targeting E-fluentials
         Strategies for Change: Using the Activists' Tools...
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      Tom Kline
         Corporations and Government: Public-Private Partnerships
         Related Web Resources
      Andrea Finger
         Update: Celebration
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      Clay Timon
         Play All
         Branding: Brands - Who Needs Them?
         Branding: Building Emotional and Intellectual Bonds
         Branding: The Church - The First Brand
         The Nature of the Corporation: Corporate Utopia
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      Jonathan Ressler
         Play All
         Marketing: Big Fat Inc.
         Marketing: Infiltrating Protests
         Marketing: Everyone Does It
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      Oscar Olivera
         Play All
         Strategies for Change: The Lessons of Cochabamba
         Strategies for Change: Lose the Fear
         Update: Cochabamba
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      Edwin Black
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         History: IBM's Unique Role in WWII
         History: IBM - Blood Money
         History: What IBM Knew and When They Knew It
         History: IBM - Hiding History
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      Irving Wladawski-Berger
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      Peter Drucker
         Play All
         The Future: The Corporation Is in Decline
         Social Responsibility: Fire All Socially Responsible Executives
         History: IBM - Watson Acted Morally
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      Elaine Bernard
         Play All
         Labour: Worker Rights vs. Copyrights
         Labour: Holding Corporations Accountable
         Labour: State of the Unions
         Social Responsibility: Kinder, Gentler Corporations
         Related Web Resources
   Topical Paradise - View Interviews by Topic
      Branding
         Play All
         Selling Us Our Values - Naomi Klein
         Brands Not Products - Naomi Klein
         Designer Activism - Naomi Klein
         Brands: Who Needs Them? - Clay Timon
         Building Emotional and Intellectual Bonds - Clay Timon
         The Church: The First Brand - Clay Timon
      Capitalism
         Needs a Moral Manifesto - Ira Jackson
      Corporate Crime
         What the Lie Tells Us - Robert Weissman
      Corporations and Government
         Play All
         Public-Private Partnerships - Tom Kline
         Corporations' Rules - Maude Barlow
         Cover Your Bases - Joe Badaracco
         Influencing Political Campaigns - Hank McKinnell (CEO, Pfizer)
         Influence Takes Trust - Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
         The Corporation as Government - Sam Gibara
         Shell in Nigeria - Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
         The Cancer Establishment - Dr. Samuel Epstein
         Accounting for Greed - Robert Monks
      Democracy
         Play All
         Property Over People - Mary Zepernick
         Slave Master to Corporate Manager - Richard Grossman
         I Don't Believe in Democracy - Milton Friedman
      Ethics and Values
         Play All
         Corruption of Science - Dr. Vandana Shiva
         Leading by Example - Ray Anderson
         Don't Be a Hero - Joe Badaracco
      Externalities
         Play All
         Responsible Corporations Don't Externalize - Sam Gibara
         Household Carcinogens - Dr. Samuel Epstein
         There Is a Free Lunch - Milton Friedman
      History
         Play All
         An Attack on Classical Liberalism - Noam Chomsky
         The End of Freedom - Noam Chomsky
         Gain Wealth Forgetting All but Self - Noam Chomsky
         Adam Smith: Poster Boy for Greed - Ira Jackson
         Adam Smith - Mark Kingwell
         Triangle Shirtwaste Fire - Charles Kernaghan
         The Haymarket Affair - Howard Zinn
         The Strike Is Born - Howard Zinn
         Backlash to the Future - Howard Zinn
         IBM's Unique Role in WWII - Edwin Black
         IBM: Blood Money - Edwin Black
         What IBM Knew and When They Knew It - Edwin Black
         IBM: Hiding History - Edwin Black
         IBM's Statement
         IBM: Watson Acted Morally - Peter Drucker
      Labour
         Play All
         Labour Market Flexibility - Noam Chomsky
         Worker Rights, Yeah Right - Charles Kernaghan
         Worker Rights vs. Copyrights - Elaine Bernard
         Holding Corporations Accountable - Elaine Bernard
         State of the Unions - Elaine Bernard
         Joke Jobs - Naomi Klein
         Codes of Conduct - Naomi Klein
      Marketing
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         We're Not Selling Out - Chris and Luke
         Cool Hunting - Naomi Klein
         Mainstream Dissidence - Naomi Klein
         Big Fat Inc. - Jonathan Ressler
         Everyone Does It - Jonathan Ressler
         Undercover Case Study - Jonathan Ressler
         Infiltrating Protests - Jonathan Ressler
      Marketing to Kids
         Play All
         A Measure of Success - Lucy Hughes
         Kids: An Influencer Market - Lucy Hughes
         It Helps When My Kids Nag Me - Lucy Hughes
         Response to Critics - Lucy Hughes
         What's Next - Lucy Hughes
         The Drool Factor - Dr. Susan Linn
         The Key to Happiness - Dr. Susan Linn
         The Use of Psychologists - Dr. Susan Linn
         The Battle for Kids' Minds - Dr. Susan Linn
         Merchandising - Dr. Susan Linn
         It's OK if It Doesn't Work - Joe Badaracco
         When Corporations Go Too Far - Chris and Luke
      Perception Management
         Play All
         Targeting E-fluentials - Chris Komisarjevsky
         Valuing Intangible Assets - Chris Komisarjevsky
         Strategic Philanthropy - Chris Komisarjevsky
         I Hate Spin - Chris Komisarjevsky
         Think Tanks - Maude Barlow
         What Monsanto Knew and How They Knew It - Steve Wilson
         When We Lie to You It's All Over - Steve Wilson
      Regulation
         Play All
         We Need Rules - Sir Mark Moody-Stuart
         As Bad as the Law Allows - Ray Anderson
         Fear of the Spotlight - Joe Badaracco
         The Government Industrial Complex - Milton Friedman
         A Pen Is Not a Pen - Robert Keyes
         The Revolving Door - Robert Monks
         Regulation Is the Problem - Michael Walker
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Instant Classic......

    "The Corporation" is one of the best documentaries I've seen in years! Are you aware that, by law, a corporation is classified as a person. Corporations also have an obligation to their shareholders to make money, end of story. The fact is, they don't care about you and they regularly commit crimes against humanity. It's all in the name of business so their hands are apparently washed. It's relatively simple to understand. For example, lets take a look at healthcare. All of those drug advertisements we see on TV and in magazines are ONLY trying to sell you product, not get you healthy! Educated people understand that drugs just cover-up symptoms and do not address underlying causes. That's a scientific medical fact! This concept applies to any industry, not just healthcare. Please don't misunderstand, I'm not saying that all corporations are evil entities. There are a select few that actually serve public good and their actions prove it. This documentary points out the not-so-obvious reasons why the corporation (if it was a real person) would be labeled a psychopath! - Dr. Matthew J. Loop (Author of "Cracking the Cancer Code")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Sided But Dizzying in effect

    Although this film does not pretend to be a pro-free-market movie, it makes it rife for accusations for right-wingers because of polarizing personalities like Zinn, Chomsky, and Moore. However, it delves into highly relevant topics like corporate espionage, inducing bad chemicals (Monsanto, for instance), and propping up power and having the biggest concentrated power in the history of the world. I was intrigued by the straightforward answers of most of the businessman people and they showed how incredibally and terribally arrogant they are. Don't these people have any moral fiber? As the film pointed out, industry has grown mostly out of chaos and war i.e. the Civil War in America and World War II. Don't forget there would be no Hitler without IBM. As was seen in the movie because of the extreme right-wing globalization movements of the last half century since the corporation really picked its feet up, governments in Bolivia and Argentina (Hugo Chavez) are having equally backlashing movements, often, regrettablly, with violence. The USA, if pressed, as they have been by this most amoral regime, would rebel with equally or even more heinous fighting because our country is near a civil war, in my opinion (and I am surprisingly a moderate to coservative Deomcrat, in the line of Kennedy, and revolution for me is the antithesis of progress). Ladies and Gentleman, as Henry Rollins says, "When cornered, never relent."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eye-Opener

    A bit lengthy, this film is a wonderful demonstration of good documentary work. I learned a lot from it, and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. If you like films like "Supersize Me", "Control Room", and various global issues documentaries, you will love this film.

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