A little while ago, I made this throwaway comment
on the blue:
Disney used to be all about making amazing animated movies and McDonald's was originally just a couple of brothers who wanted to make good burgers. Corporations always change for the evil. I trust the Google of today well enough, but not the Google fifty years from now, and ceding power to the former is ceding power to the latter.
The mentions of Disney and McDonald's were meant to be cheeky and hyperbolic and not meant to stand up to any real scrutiny. But looking back at the comment, I'm not sure why I mentioned Disney as an evil corporation. I guess I just threw it in there because it's a huge and powerful institution. Can any of its practices be held up as representative of the evils of corporate America? I'm looking for evidence one way or another. Does Disney do anything that is shady? Or is it squeaky clean?
I'm having trouble finding non-trivial pieces of evidence online. There's a wikipedia page
on criticisms of Disney, but nothing strikes me as really all that important. Can these really be the worst criticisms of a corporation of that size?
I've read Disneywar
, but that was mostly about the sleaziness of execs behind the scenes and mistakes they made in acquisitions. I don't remember anything pertaining to the corporation as a whole being villainous. I guess one could argue that their movies enforce values on children that they shouldn't (pertaining to gender roles, for instance), but I'm more interested in the practices of Disney qua
corporation rather than the content of their products. Those probably can't be entirely disentangled though, so feel free to mention something along those lines if you feel it's appropriate.