OpinionA corporation would run a town better than a representative democracy
      – BorgClown, 2011-03-05 at 04:55:26   (16 comments)

On 2011-03-05 at 04:57:10, BorgClown wrote...
Hell no, but I suspect someone will argue that.
On 2011-03-05 at 08:59:04, Thelevellers wrote...
Definitely not. If there is one thing that working for a multi-national engineering company has taught me it's that getting in a subcontractor may be cheaper, but there is ALWAYS a downward trend in quality. Seriously, if something is REALLY screwed up and not working, it's 90% of the time because a subcontractor isn't doing their job properly.
On 2011-03-06 at 16:39:51, Lee J Haywood wrote...
How about if the corporation is Google, and they build a good reputation for looking after their town's inhabitants? Would you want to live there then?
On 2011-03-06 at 20:50:37, Thelevellers wrote...
Ooooh, good call! I'm still not convinced though - there are a lot of issues with Google too (like their privacy issues). I also think that profit is not the major factor I want to be driving my community.
On 2011-03-08 at 17:40:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Given Google's usual business strategy, I'd expect them to pay us to live in their town. You'd be surrounded by subtle advertising, and be paid to look at it all. Whilst there's no doubt that Google has made mistakes in the past, it's hard to imagine a version of the company that wouldn't raise privacy issues - their main goal is, after all, to search for, index and store vast amounts of data.
On 2011-03-10 at 17:12:38, Thelevellers wrote...
Heheh, wow, you might actually be pushing me towards changing my vote ;)
On 2011-03-10 at 18:09:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Well the topic relates to any corporation, and if I asked if you'd like to run in a town owned by Microsoft, BP or McDonald's... perhaps you'd stick with your existing vote? The main problem any organisation has is short-sightedness. Being 'good' is down to personal responsibility, which any group of people lacks without firm guidance. Yet simply making doing good things part of your plan is enough to let individuals know what their organisation expects of them - otherwise, it's always someone else's problem.
On 2011-03-11 at 04:18:53, BorgClown wrote...
nottingham.google.com would be an interesting city name.
On 2011-03-15 at 16:02:33, Baslisks wrote...
I think it would heavily depend on the corp. Like you said google would do an awesome job but you'd be advertised to like crazy. I would ideally have a true democratic society or a doacracy. I like when people just do things and fix things.
On 2011-03-15 at 16:45:17, Thelevellers wrote...
Oooh, a doacracy - I like that idea! Motto being something along the lines of: 'Shut up and get on with it/do it yourself'? @Lee - that's exactly why I haven't changed my vote! And that is also a part of the reason I have an instinctive dislike of corporations - as their goals usually make them innately short-sighted, which leads to the many bad things they have done over the years...
On 2011-03-15 at 17:08:17, Baslisks wrote...
Yeah, I have been getting the itch to just DO the fixes I want to be done. Like adding privacy walls in mens urinals and stuff like that. Cheap funny and a chance to advertise for my space.
On 2011-03-15 at 20:53:01, Thelevellers wrote...
Do it! Guerilla fixes would be like an awesome version of guerilla knitting! :D
On 2011-03-16 at 19:46:32, Baslisks wrote...
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/03/16/0429203/Scott-Adams-Says-Plenty-Would-Choose-Life-In-Noprivacyville?from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29
On 2011-03-20 at 02:31:57, BorgClown wrote...
My idea, stolen! ☹
On 2011-03-21 at 21:25:00, Baslisks wrote...
@BorgClown: happens to the best of us.
On 2011-04-23 at 18:35:52, DigitalBoss wrote...
Democracy sucks.