The Corporation Documentary

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The Corporation

The 2003 Canadian film documentary, The Corporation, is about the modern-day corporation. It critiques that it is considered to be a person, but since it has so many disregards to the human well-being and only cares about making as much money as possible, if it were an actual person it would be considered a psychopath.

The documentary starts off with showing the development of the contemporary business corporation, from beginning as a legal entity to then having the entitlement of having most of the legal rights of a person. Since a corporation is said to be a “person”, the documentary then was assessing the corporation as a “personality” and showed viewers everything a corporation was doing wrong in harming a real person. The film showed diagnostic criteria of a human psychopath, and many corporations had what it took to be labeled one. Some examples the film used in labeling a psychopath are “callous disregard for the feelings of other people,” “the incapability to maintain human relationships,” “reckless disregard for the safety of others,” “deceitfulness,” “incapability to experience guilt,” and “failure to conform to social norms and respect for the law.” The topics discussed that stood out most to me were when the soda Fanta by Coca-Cola was traded to Nazi Germany during World War II so that the soda company could make war profits like the car companies who were making machines and tanks for the war. Also during the same war, when IBM was sending over their machines that allowed Nazi’s working in concentration camps to have punch-card-like machines to help them keep track of their prisoners such as if their prisoners had been released, committed suicide, exterminated, sent to the gas chamber, etc. What bothered me most about it was someone from IBM had to come and set up the machine inside the concentration camp in order for anyone to use it. The topic that stood out to me the most was the use of Prosilac on cows. The drug...
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