I've been thinking today about our love/hate relationship with "the corporation," especially in the idea of media images. If we think about going shopping and spending our money we don't mind going to The Gap, running by Target to pick up some Colgate, and while we're there grabbing some Starbucks (why not, it's convinient, and you've worked hard walking all over in your Nike tennis Shoes).
But at the same time, think about film images of the corporation. Movies don't even try to talk about why corporations do bad things, they often allow us to assume that the corporation is simply out for the dollar of hard working consumers.
Here's a SHORT list of movies that assume the corporation is evil that have come out in this past year: Syriana, The Constant Gardner, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, yada, yada...and you're expecting me to just put "art films down," well I'll stop with those...how about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka is out for your cold hard cash, scamming young children with commercial schemes and ploys) or how about the more blatant Fun with Dick and Jane?
There's even strong motivation of avarice multiple times in the movie King Kong. Can anyone venture to think of a movie where the corporation is considered a good thing?
On street corners we claim the importance of capitalism and competition, and at the same time at our dinner tables we also complain about some of the same things. The blog world is filled with protesters trying to take down this or that corporation because of their evil.
Is the corporation inherently evil? And why can't I think a film that supports the corporation?