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May 6, 2004

News & Opinion: More Buzz for The Corporation

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Wall Street Journal has picked up on The Corporation. There is a story* on page B1 that is more about the movie than the book. From the article:
Joel Bakan, a 44-year-old Canadian law professor, and Mark Achbar, a 48-year-old Canadian filmmaker, came up with the idea to illustrate how corporations have supplanted the government and the church as the dominant societal institution. Mr. Bakan was intrigued with the U.S. legal idea that corporations are like people, with rights to borrow money, buy and sell property and sue in court. Predictably, the premise delights Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and long-time anticapitalist activist who appears in the film. "This is the first time I've heard the word 'psychopath' applied to corporations," he said in an interview, "and it's exactly right." But others don't care for it. Toronto's Financial Post called the movie an "evil, ugly and dishonest pack of lies" by "cultural welfare recipients." The Winnipeg Free Press gave the film 3 stars out of a possible five, taking the film to task for its "unremitting grimness," adding that it "might not be enough to get audiences out of the shopping malls and onto the streets."
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