The smart documentary, “The Corporation,” offered as its thesis that modern-day corporations have outlived the original intent for this legal fiction and that they have become evil entities that share the same sort of characteristics of sociopathic individuals. As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) teaches, here are some of the traits of antisocial behavior:
- failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
- deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
- impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
- irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
- reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
- consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
- lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;
So with that in mind, check out Barnes and Noble’s response to my email, asking for their answer to being linked to Asia Pulp and Paper’s rape of the Southeast Asian rainforests:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on store, program, event, etc. Our mission is to make our stores the ideal place for book lovers to shop, and we always welcome our customers? suggestions.
We assure you that we will keep your feedback in mind as we review our stores and the services they provide.
I think they just hit about five out of the seven above!
UPDATE – 4/3/2012: Barnes and Noble still doesn’t acknowledge their ties to illegal logging. BOYCOTT BARNES AND NOBLE