The Corporation

150 years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant institution. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic, and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. A timely, critical inquiry, "The Corporation" invites players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Case studies, anecdotes and true confessions reveal behind-the-scenes tensions and influences in several corporate and anti-corporate dramas. Each illuminates an aspect of the corporation's complex character.

Browse This Program

  • Reckoning (Ep. 3)
    icon-dv  CC  Watch Video

    March 10, 2004

    So long as the money keeps coming in, the corporation's not choosy about the style of government it does business with. From collusion with Nazi Germany to setting up sweatshops in despotic states today, whatever improves the market share drives corporate policy. International agreements on trade are seen as the corporation's way of gaining global sovereignty. But networks of activists, media, religious leaders and even radical business people are fighting back.

  • Planet Inc. (Ep. 2)
    icon-dv  CC  Watch Video

    March 3, 2004

    The commodification of every resource, every event, even of life itself has put a price tag on items once considered beyond the scope of commerce. And to convince us to buy all this stuff, marketers are using sophisticated - even covert - techniques to get their brands into our homes. Where is all this consumption taking us?

  • The Pathology of Commerce (Ep. 1)
    icon-dv  CC  Watch Video

    February 25, 2004

    Compelled by law to answer to nothing but the bottom line, the modern corporation seems to fit all the characteristics of a psychopath.