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December 7th.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

In the interview , Naomi Klein discussed the idea of Logo and its effect . she first draw our attention on how much logo has changed. From brands and logos that was originally made and grow in front of you to being “a privatized concept of what used to be public”. Klein believes that brands and logo serves as a filling for needs of consumers, but in a unsatisfying way. she also pointed out that some company isn’t actually selling what they were selling. she brought up many issues relating to Logo and brand, like democracy, advertisement, processes of production, and many more. Overall, the interview was interesting because she target the issue in many directions and she brought out valid points and ideas.

In the Yes Man story, its shows how market influence choices and changes around the world. One main story focused on the Bhopal disaster . I believe that everyone can claim DOW responsible for the cause of this tragedy, however, even to this day, no one is taking responsibility. What Andy did in Yes Man shows how market control some major issues, including human rights. Yes Man shows that all investors want to do is invest, putting their irresponsible actions aside and focusing on their main priority, profit and money.

MEMO 4 – “The YES MEN” and “A Better World Is Possible” – Antonio Macheve Jr.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The YES MEN

The YES MEN clearly represent the voices of a people who have been silenced, the global citizens who have realized the damages created by irresponsible actors from global corporations. As the trailer shows, the corporate world feels scandalized about the YES MEN because they reveal an ugly truth that corporations do not want to hear in their gatherings. The YES MEN demonstrate that it is convenient for corporations to use the market as a source of economic growth to blur the faces of the real people responsible for market failures. They bluntly show the world that there are strong actors in the global economy who take irresponsible decisions.

The YES MEN certainly give a face to the masterminds behind global corporations that take decisions with detrimental effects on the world’s silenced, the majority of the people. Some of the people in the majority do not complain for the injustices for the lack of knowledge and others for pure conformity. This conformity and lack of knowledge from the people puts democracy in peril and maximizes the benefits of the corporate elites. Guided by the maxim that under extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary actions have to be undertaken, I believe that the world is at a time where people who know the truth should work to unveil it, especially when this same truth is stretching the world’s inequities and further impoverishing the world’s poorest. Without denying the complete indifference that many CEOs may have towards the least fortunate and the marginalized, I think that many corporates have reached a level of greed in which they have lost the capacity to understand or conceive the embarrassing and shameful damages that they are causing for the sake of making quick profit. This is bad because the misery that they ignore will eventually follow them, which will create a vicious cycle of preventable crises.

A Better World Is Possible

In spite of the optimistic title “A Better World Is possible,” the excerpt from the International Forum on Globalization demonstrates much skepticism towards the current economic globalization state of affairs. It points out plenty of problems and shortcomings, but few concrete suggestions directed to solutions. Some of the problems mentioned include: global bureaucracies eroding the roles of states; the current trends of economic globalization being directed more towards private profit rather than development on aggregate; the increasing inequalities between the world of power and privilege and the global citizenry; the infringement of state sovereignty; privatization and commodification; as well as corporate deregulation and global cultural homogenization. Obviously, by mentioning the problems, the solutions are partially given. Nonetheless, the real solutions lie in how much should be adjusted and how should it be adjusted? For instance, how much and on what basis should corporations be regulated?  Also, as a result of irresponsible corporate decisions in the process of globalization, more public goods that are non-excludable by nature are starting to be privatized. Water is a concrete example. In this vein, soon, the world’s poorest who have water as their only source of life will be deprived of it, which shows that if the trend continues, the world will  worst. A better world is possible.

WikiLeaks on Democracy now & Net Neutrality

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

WikiLeaks is an international new media  non profit organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. Its website was launched in 2006, published by Julian Assange.  WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States some might say.  It leaks out secret information to the public that should be confidential.  The web site is trouble to the world, but some might say that it is just only stating the truth.  On the other hand wikileaks can cause war between countries for the secret imformations that it has posted.  In my opinion, I believe in wikileaks to a point.  Some information is good for the public and people need to know the truth, but some documents go to far into putting people in danger which I think is the number one priority.  The government should be able to shut it down in my option to anyone’s safety, but hundreds of mirrors of the websites have been published, so it would be impossible.  Some people might sure that Julian Assange should go to jail, but why?  He is just stating the truth of of both sides of the media.  Just because people don’t like hearing about horrible things about there country even if its the truth doesn’t necessary mean that he himself is the terrorist.  Some might say that it is might be a threat to the national security of the United States and throughout the world but in reality he he just stating the truth in these leaks.

Network neutrality is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the internet that advocates no restrictions by internet service and providers and governments on content, sites, kinds of equipment that may be attached, and the modes of communication.  The principle states that if a given user pays for a certain level of Internet access, and another user pays for the same level of access, then the two users should be able to connect to each other at the subscribed level of access.  Under commission chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC has proposed reclassifying broadband internet access providers under the provisions of Title 2 of the Communications act in an effort to force the providers to adhere to the same rules as telephone networks. This is meant to prevent, discrimination in charges.

Resisting Globalization

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Yes Man story sheds some light as to how much control the free market as on world issues.  The point of this story is that if we continue to let the market control and guide the way the world works, then we are doomed.  I agree with this because its time for change.  We need to do what is best for the world as a whole.  Greed has become the biggest driving factor to the market system.  When Andy pulled the Dow stunt, the Dow’s stock value decreased by 2 billion dollars.  The right thing to do is to clean up the Bhopal catastrophe but that would cost money and that is something that investors don’t want to lose.  I do believe that we have created a market system that makes doing the right thing impossible.  Everyone talks about doing the right thing, but no one is prepared to actually follow through with and pay for the costs

In Naomi Klein’s interview she says that a brand offer more than just a product. The product had an identity.  There has to be a story behind the brand.  If you have solely a product, then you can easily be matched by a competitor.  But a brand can never be matched by any competition.  It offers a sense of community to the people.  For example Starbucks.  It took the product Coffee and turned it into a place for everyone to go to, like a community.  Creating Brands opens a window of new forms of advertising.  In a way it raises the standard of living because brand creating keeps innovating new ways to advertise.  The competition drives up the quality of advertising as well.  Near the end of the article Naomi says that the market believes that consumers just don’t care that they are being drowned with all sorts of advertising and that we don’t care that we are being watched for consumer purposes.  I agree with this statement because  we all know whets going on but we still choose to have the newest electronic and to have the newest everything.