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What Is With T.V. Land And The Commercials?


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#41 OFFLINE   renbutler

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:06 PM

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:25 PM

Maybe those words are used more nowadays because the big corporations are more greedy nowadays.


No; corporations are not greedier than they were twenty years ago.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:23 PM

Corporations aren't greedy because, the Supreme Court notwithstanding, they aren't people. Officers, board members, and shareholders can be greedy though.

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#44 OFFLINE   renbutler

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:47 AM

Yep. Corporate types are just like the middle class and the poor in this regard:

Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and the majority of them are somewhere in between.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:24 AM

The biggest difference between big Wall Street corporations today versus yesterday is there is more of an emphasis on short term profits versus long term ones.

Both are money motivated.

Corporations are no less greedy today than 30 years ago, or even 120 years ago. In fact, it's easy to argue they were the greeediest back in the 1890s before there was much of any government regulation. Corporations did as they pleased with their employees, customers and stockholders.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

Corporations have to serve their masters. I don't mean that in a negative way, it's just the way it is. Those masters are the shareholders.

These days, shareholders are much quicker to scream "fiduciary malfeasance" when the stock price doesn't do well so the corps are all looking at the next quarter's numbers.

Kind of like how Verizon said they were going to string fiber to everyone - a project that would have untold benefits for the next century. After a couple of years, shareholder pressure said they were spending too much on investing in the future and demanded a stop to it (and we get that in politics as well).

Probably a coincidence, but MTV started in 1981 and was blamed for single-handedly reducing the attention span of Americans. Those Americans who watched MTV then are now in their 40s-60s.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:53 PM

Also, don't forget that corporations that are REALLY bad to their customers (whether in an effort to maximize profits, please shareholders, or whatever) typically aren't successful, or at best they don't thrive.

It's hard to make money if you screw your constantly customers, if those customers have better alternatives. That's the beauty of competition. And most industries, including TV providers and programmers, have at least some competition.

And those customers who sit back and allow themselves to be screwed instead of escaping to a better available alternative have nobody to blame but themselves.




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