Evil Corporation
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Evil Corporation

An evil corporation is a trope in popular culture that portrays a corporation as ignoring social responsibility in order to make money for its shareholders.[1] According to Angela Allan writing in The Atlantic, the notion is "deeply embedded in the landscape of contemporary culture--populating films, novels, videogames, and more." The science fiction genre served as the initial background to portray corporations in this dystopian light.[1] Evil corporations can be seen to represent the danger of combining capitalism with larger hubris.[2]

In real life, too, corporations have been accused of being evil. To guard against such accusations, Google at one point in its history had the official motto "Don't be evil",[1] now used as part of the closing lines of the company's code of conduct.[3][4] The company has been accused of violating this principle on several occasions, including with their now discontinued participation in a military drone AI program.[5][6]The New Yorker wrote that "many food activists consider Monsanto (now Bayer) to be the definitively evil corporation".[7]The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility wrote, "For many consumers, Wal-Mart serves as the evil corporation prototype, but record numbers shop at the stores for low prices."[8] In Japan, a committee of journalists and rights activists issues an annual "corporate raspberry award" known as Most Evil Corporation of the Year Award (also called the Black Company Award) to a company "with a culture of overwork, discrimination and harassment".[9]

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  1. ^ a b c Allan, Angela (April 25, 2016). "How the 'Evil Corporation' Became a Pop-Culture Trope". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ McHenry, Jackson (August 26, 2015). "Mr. Robots Chilling Message: Every Corp Is E Corp". GQ. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Google's "Don't Be Evil" No Longer Prefaces Code of Conduct". Search Engine Journal. 2018-05-20. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Google Code of Conduct - Investor Relations - Alphabet". Alphabet. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Google Employees Are Livid About Company's 'Evil' Military Partnership". Live Science. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Google 'to end Pentagon AI project'". BBC News. 2018-06-02. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Specter, Michael (November 4, 2013). "Why the climate corporation sold itself to Monsanto". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Kendall, Brenden E.; Gill, Rebecca; Cheney, George (2007). "Consumer Activism and Corporate Social Responsibility: How Strong a Connection?". In May, Steven K.; Cheney, George (eds.). The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-19-517883-8.
  9. ^ Kikuchi, Daisuke (December 23, 2016). "Ad giant Dentsu declared Most Evil Corporation of the Year". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017.

Further reading

  • Decker, Mark T. (2016). "Ridley Scott Takes On Apparently Evil Corporations in Alien, Blade Runner, and Prometheus". Industrial Society and the Science Fiction Blockbuster: Social Critique in Films of Lucas, Scott and Cameron. McFarland. pp. 74-110. ISBN 978-0-7864-9911-3.
  • Sloane, S.B. (2002). Organizations in the Movies: The Legend of the Dysfunctional System. University Press of America. ISBN 978-0-7618-2434-3.

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