By Roland Tanglao on May 11, 2004 - 10:13am
Lots of summer roadwork going on.
Lots of summer roadwork going on.
From the Spencer bulding you can almost see Burnaby on a clear day!
Bel Air in Kits time lapse photo #9.
Compare and contrast the sun in this photo with the cloud in this morning's Yaletown photo. Crazy, changeable Vancouver weather.
As mentioned earlier, Dave Shea was involved in the design for the relaunch of Blogger (fellow Vancouverite Derek Miller has posted links to the Blogger templates without having to login.)
Dave posts some self-promotion on his weblog (and weblogs are very effective ways to self-promote!) and announces the launch of Bright Creative. I love looking through the sites of web design shops, partly because I like looking at pretty websites but also because they serve as inspiration for my projects, current and future. Congratulations to Dave Shea on the launch of his beautiful site and his work with Blogger and Navarik.
Bakan sets out a brief history of the form of the public corporation and how it emerged from its early beginnings in the mid-1500s where travelling salesmen would sell stock in fictitious companies trying to take advantage of speculators in London England. Scandal plagued the corporate form in the early 1700s, when it was banned by politicians after stock in the South Sea Company collapsed. Bakan then discusses the corporation as having the same legal rights as a person, and how it took advantage of the 14th Amendment, designed to protect the rights of former slaves in America, to enforce those rights. Bakan briefly mentions the New Deal after public legitimacy of corporations was at a low end, and notes that only after the 1970s did corporations recover their political strength with the election of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States and Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of England.
Bakan on the power corporations exert in society:
Corporations now govern society, perhaps more than governments themselves do; yet ironically, it is their very power, muchof hich they ahve gained through economic globalization, that makes them vulnerable. As is true of any ruling institution, the corporation now attracts mistrust, fear, and demands for accountability from an increasingly anxious public.
The introduction is only three pages and sets out the premise of the book:
that the corporation is an institution—a unique structure and set of imperatives that direct the actions of people within it. It is a also a legal institution one whose existence and capacity to operate depend on the law. The corporation's legally defined mandate is to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, its own self interest, regardless of the often harmful consequences it might cause to others.
Bakan also sets out the structure of the book, and warns that his book is not an academic study (although in the footnotes and bibliography he does cite academic works) and that he is not covering small corporate organizations such as small businesses, privately-held companies (large and small) and non-profit organizations (large and small). His focus is the large, publicly-traded corporate institution.
Jay McCarthy of the excellent weblog makeoutcity.com writes detailed notes of the books he has recently read. He does so after reading the entire book, but as an experiment in using a public weblog to take notes, I will write some of my impressions after reading each chapter of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan for One Book, One Vancouver.
I’ve decided that Honjin, the sushi restaurant in The Roundhouse courtyard is the secret headquarters of the Vancouver Canucks. Either them or Sweeden. 4 of the last 5 times I’ve eaten lunch there, I’ve seen a Canuck player there — each Sedin (I suppose it could have been the same one twice), Naslund & now today, Mattias Ohlund, with his family. Perhaps not incidentally, the sushi there is excellent.If you want to stalk a Canuck, read this
Roland, we need you to review that restaurant and interview whichever Canuck happens to be there!