Wow. This might be my first blog post that doesn’t deal with FaceBook in length, but sadly it has that title.
So I am minding my own business scooting around the internet tonight when I see a news article that Google executives have been deemed criminally responsible for hosting a video in which autistic children are bullied. This somewhat deals with my post earlier today about FaceBook and the legality of corporations, but leaves me confused within the subject.
First, let me tackle the whole freedom of the internet thing. IT SHOULD BE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL FOR ALL CONTENT. Why should we allow people to see autistic children being bullied? Because we can learn that it is fucking stupid to do so and so we can get mad at the idiots who are doing the bullying. We learn good by knowing bad. We know power through its destruction. We know strength by knowing weakness. Knowledge is a binary system. This most likely isn’t knowledge’s choice and is instead the projection of human necessity/capability in that we need to know things in black and white. Our heads have too hard a time wrapping around subjects/emotions that lead to more complexity than a two-option system. But it is not that these two things that establish themselves individually, instead they are intertwined and rise together, as Milton said in Areopagitica. Through this video, and countless other “immoral” things on the internet and elsewhere, that we can understand the accepted ways to behave. I wish that we could see this in other forms of media such as television and radio, but those are apparently too permeating to be seen as free mediums. Thus, the internet is the last stronghold of somewhat free speech. However, we can see that diminishing as morality rears its head to strike down anything seen as unacceptable or challenging of societal standards. Morals are a bitch.
However, where does this leave us as far as the legal position of corporations? I’m not a lawyer. I barely can recount the Bill of Rights to be honest and most likely a cynical college student shouldn’t be accounted to set community and social standards. But where do corporations fall in this 14th amendment cascade? The Supreme Court has already given them the ability to sue as an individual, to claim copyrights as an individual, and, more recently, to back a political candidate as an individual (a whole other issue, but all I have to say is why don’t we just fucking legalize extortion). And this case shows that they can be charged like an individual, but with individuals taking the blame and consequences instead of the corporation as a whole.
I guess this doesn’t really go against my previous thoughts on the legal corporate identity (that it should be exterminated), but if it were to be gone, where does the authority to strike down corporations come from? Was there a body that brought corporations to “justice” in earlier days? There must have been, but I sure as hell don’t know it. Either way, I’m just kind of hoping that this whole corporation running rampant thing might end sometime soon and that they may be able to be controlled at some point.
These aren’t just the usual ramblings of socialism right now; they are simply some hopes and dreams of a critical capitalist. That is really all that I hope America can become. A little too lofty of an ideal, but who knows, maybe with more and more people going to college we can experience a culture that is based upon critique instead of passivity. One that is open, instead of afraid of, change and progress. Even those that whole-heartedly believe in change are still afraid of it, but they at least have some courage to push aside the fear and believe that change might be good and wholesome. It should be somewhat obvious that I only believe change to be good when coming from a Leftist point of view and that the Right doesn’t offer change, but they do. It’s just not change that I believe in. It’s change that I am not willing enough to push the fear away.
That’s probably a good thing, since I can only know the Left by knowing the Right. I can only know how to smash the state by knowing how to build it. I can only know how to kill bitches and make money by knowing how to save lives and donate money.
PS. I’m listening to this band, the Local Natives and it is wonderful.
[Thanks for reading my ramblings on nothingness…there seem to be less dick jokes in this blog than I expected, but it’s turning out OK I think. Who knows.]