Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: Logo Stickers Are Awesome

I totally agree with your position on whether one should "respect" corporations. Consider the Sony rootkit affair: had some lone hacker distributed a rootkit which got installed on numerous computers, they'd be facing jail time in various countries and hefty fines. If Sony don't manage to wriggle their way out of penalties, what's really going to happen? Will anyone be "doing time" for their corporate strategy decisions? Nope. Will Sony be barred from trading in various markets? Nope. And any money they have to pay up in damages will clearly be levied in the prices of subsequent products and services. The stock price will dip for a short while before it becomes evident that unethical corporate behaviour is rarely punished, or at least not for very long.

"Corporations are people" is just a convenient scam, engineered by irresponsible and unethical capitalists who'd rather have some imaginery entity's neck on the block rather than their own when being called in to account for their disgraceful behaviour.

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by The Badger

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> Will anyone be "doing time" for their corporate strategy decisions? Nope

Well, no, but there is also the court of public opinion.

If people hoist a collective international gesture at Sony, they could eat some serious quarterly losses.

The global economy is a chaotic system. The managerial decision to use a rootkit shall turn out un-cheap, indeed.

# Chris

Well, no, but there is also the court of public opinion.

Yeah, that's a good punishment indeed. That's why when people do bad things, we accept that it's good enough punishment that other people know they've done wrong. The peer disapproval is good enough.

# Ian Bicking