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The Rise of the Megacorp

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posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:36 PM
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Throughout the cyberpunk genre there is generally a common thread. The existence of megacorporations. Corporations that have become so large they are the wielders of all political and economic power in the world. Corporations so large that they maintain their own standing armies. While we're not quite to that point yet the events of even just the past few days lead me to believe that they're not too far off.

Historically speaking the inspiration of the megacorp can be tied to a number of times and places. Obviously there's the Industrial Revolution era of the US that eventually saw the rise of several large companies more or less completely in control of such necessities as oil and steel. In Japan you have the zaibatsus that pretty much ran the company from the Meiji era up until the end of WWII (and possibly even up until today depending on who you ask.) Then there's the Greed is Good/corporation boom of the 80s that is more or less contemporaneous with birth of cyberpunk fiction.

Since then we have seen a few events pave the way for a potential cyberpunk future. Of course the most obvious is the Citizens United ruling which gave corporations unprecedented political power. Other than that the influence of lobbyists has long been a concern. We can also look at the acquisitions of such companies like Time Warner and AT&T as setting a troubling, but thankfully reined in precedent.

While all of these events are troubling, as I mentioned above, it's been the events of the past week that have really got me concerned. Let's get the obvious out of the way. Today's FCC ruling is definitely concerning. They have more or less given the telecommunications companies carte blanche to run the internet as they see fit. Prior to the initial FCC ruling on net neutrality we saw these providers using their power to limit access to competitors' products. They pretty much have the power to put others out of business while expanding their own portfolio.

The next troubling incident is another one that came out today and one I'm surprised hasn't been discussed on ATS. The acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney. Now because of laws in the US that limit a company from owning multiple news outlets in a market it's not a complete takeover. The Murdochs will retain control over Fox News, Fox Sports, and the Fox broadcast network. Everything else now (or at least will shortly) belongs to Disney. Also worth mentioning is that this gives Disney a controlling stake in Hulu. Coupled with all their other acquisitions over the years this more or less gives Disney a dominant position in the entertainment realm.

The third thing that has occurred this week, that has surprisingly not really been reported on at all, is the acquisition of Aetna by CVS. A few years back there was a thread, I think it was about CVS stopping sale of cigarettes, I warned that between CVS, their MinuteClinics, and their insurance company Caremark that they were trying to take control of healthcare in this company. With the acquisition of Aetna, the third largest insurance provider in the country, they're one step closer. Something else that makes this merger all the more disconcerting is that since 2015 CVS has been partnered with Epic Systems, the largest electronic health record vendor. I don't know if this merger now makes CVS the largest insurance provider in the world but it certainly puts them pretty close. Regardless, it certainly drastically increases the amount of health records they, and by extension Epic, have access to.

So what say ATS, are seeing an exponential increase in corporate power that will eventually lead to a William Gibson-esque future? Or is this all just business as usual and I shouldn't be getting worked up over it?




posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:39 PM
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Now consider future deals by Disney for streaming services with internet providers and you can see that if they want to they can put Netflix out of business if they choose to. I think they will choose to.

Disney now has Hulu the streaming platform and all starwars, PIxar, Fox movie catalogue, Marvel, etc. They have the money to create deals that netflix can't match and the ISPS can just price netflix out of existance.
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posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:41 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

Not sure the cyberpunk connection you make, but...


Corporations so large that they maintain their own standing armies. While we're not quite to that point yet the events of even just the past few days lead me to believe that they're not too far off.


NATO is the enforcement branch for world banking conglomerates. But not just banks, factories for war and the Pentagon too. You think they went all in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc, for their bumper crop of Brussel's Sprouts?



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:53 PM
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a reply to: amazing

I also have to wonder what they're going to do with Hulu. They're already planning on launching their own streaming service in 2019. Do they really want to cut in to their own profits?



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:54 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

The cyberpunk references are there pretty much because that's the genre of fiction where megacorps primarily appear.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 02:58 PM
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Goes back before cyber punk....



Exactly...The corporate Oligarchy is a fact of life. They control politics, the economy and entertainment, energy and food production.

And yes it is a fact of life, not going to change, and it does no good to get worked up about it.

The scary part is that eventually the Oligarchy will take control of the military and law enforcement. Private corp. prisons/police, are the future and only the beginning. We are being lead into corporate fascism, Gibson, Blade Runner, Vonnegut and Clockwork O all rolled into a dehumanizing Dystopean paradise.

Working in the biz, my checks almost always come form Disney of Sony no matter what production company hires me.

Praise God we still have Union protection. But that going away as well....

Merry Christmas....
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posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 03:06 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Xcalibur254

Not sure the cyberpunk connection you make, but...


Corporations so large that they maintain their own standing armies. While we're not quite to that point yet the events of even just the past few days lead me to believe that they're not too far off.


NATO is the enforcement branch for world banking conglomerates. But not just banks, factories for war and the Pentagon too. You think they went all in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc, for their bumper crop of Brussel's Sprouts?


We do live in a world where companies are big enough to have private militaries.

en.m.wikipedia.org...



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 03:08 PM
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a reply to: amazing

And big tax cut so they can have more.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 03:12 PM
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I figured disney just bought the television and film end because lets face it, the news and sports channels aren't worth #.

I figure fox sold off what was worth something and in a few years will bankrupt the remaining news/sports arm or get some form of large government bailout(possibly the plan all along).



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 03:37 PM
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I remember seeing a story about Disney putting subliminal pornagraphic images in their movies. Phallus ' and so forth.

Does this mean if we turn on fox news we will be seeing di#kheads instead of a#sholes?



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 04:13 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Xcalibur254

Not sure the cyberpunk connection you make, but...


Corporations so large that they maintain their own standing armies. While we're not quite to that point yet the events of even just the past few days lead me to believe that they're not too far off.


NATO is the enforcement branch for world banking conglomerates. But not just banks, factories for war and the Pentagon too. You think they went all in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc, for their bumper crop of Brussel's Sprouts?


The UN could be another one.

Indirectly, the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and even economic forums like the G20 seem like other potential examples with some parallels to the topic at hand



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 04:23 PM
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The biggest flaw to this little story is anti trust laws.

Until they get axed megacorps won't be a reality.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 04:52 PM
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originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: intrptr

The cyberpunk references are there pretty much because that's the genre of fiction where megacorps primarily appear.

Oh, I thought mega corp ruled the real world.

They do, you know.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 04:53 PM
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Came across a older thread here on Ats a while back reading through dreams and prophesies category.
This member "Now banned, apparently" They Wrote about a dream from the future. This member mentions a "corporate war" in this members story. I kinda see it now. Also there are other parts to this members story that is well? Kinda creepy to say the least.
Link to Ats post



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 04:54 PM
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a reply to: FamCore


The UN could be another one.

They are a facade, like politics in Washington. The front for the deeper state, military and banks. You notice its 100 % coverage of politicians and the uN but the military, banks and factories for war hardly get mentioned?

Theres your sign.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 05:09 PM
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a reply to: Hewhowaits

Backwards, dude. The Fox news stuff stays with what will be a new Fox sport/news company.

Disney gets the film side that includes Star Wars. The hope, it is an old hope, that Disney will remove the Lucas Special Edition crap like Greedo shooting first and put it back to Han shoots first.

One thing they do get as well is the Fanfare (the music that plays with spotlights on the "20th Centery Fox" logo). Disney can now put that in the new Star Wars movies! I thought the opening was lacking something and that is it!

mashable.com - Why Disney should restore the original 'Star Wars' -- and its fanfare -- after the Fox deal.

Megacorps? Next they will be telling us about "bad think" and giving us drugs to calm our anxiety! Big Brother is watching! (he says half joking and half scared as h3ll)

ETA: I forgot where I had read this. ArsTechnica.com - Could Disney finally give us the remastered, unedited Star Wars we want?
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posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 05:20 PM
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a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF

Ahhh... I see.
So more of a maximize profits and merchantability type deal.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 05:36 PM
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a reply to: Hewhowaits

And as pointed out earlier, the future of media streaming.

The net neutrality being withdrawn is both good and bad. You can weed out the bad companies but you also leave customers at the mercy of the provider. If the customer has enough, then all the machinations of these media companies wont matter because nobody will watching!

The only player missing from this discussion is Big Agra! If we see some major movement in that sector then OP is spot on and we are all screwed.



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 05:46 PM
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a reply to: Xcalibur254

We've been there for awhile and I don't think today's FCC ruling has one iota of impact on it all. Walmart has become "Buy N Large" from Wall-E. The rest of the list of top conglomerates are mostly oil and gas giants, all the telecoms, and the tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.

The CVS thing is concerning. I thought they were hurting massively because recent news (in past couple of years) saw them closing a number of stores around the country. I had no idea they were as huge outside fo their retail pharmacies as they are. Not coincidentally, while I was looking them up I discovered they were one of the largest supporters of the ACA, before it passed, while it was passing, and particularly since it was passed in protecting it. Makes you think, doesn't it?



posted on Dec, 14 2017 @ 06:33 PM
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originally posted by: Xcalibur254


Since then we have seen a few events pave the way for a potential cyberpunk future. Of course the most obvious is the Citizens United ruling which gave corporations unprecedented political power. Other than that the influence of lobbyists has long been a concern. We can also look at the acquisitions of such companies like Time Warner and AT&T as setting a troubling, but thankfully reined in precedent.



Excellent Post
That is why it is a bad idea to let Mega Corporations, Banks and their puppet politicians go behind closed doors and discuss the future of our countries, which is what happened in Bilderberg and CFR meetings and so on.

It is not that the citizens allowed this either since it was done in secret for many years.
It is not a conspiracy either but rather human nature and greed being allowed to happen without citizens input.
The same Mega Corporations at those meetings also have a huge presence in our politics.

That is why we should always side with the consumers and small business when it comes to policies and against the Mega Corporations since one promotes Corporate Fascism and the other promotes competition and free markets.

When it came to Obamacare, I saw how much of a presence the Big Insurance Companies and Pharma had in Washington DC and was against it. Which is why the "affordable care act" was a joke.

When Paulson demanded we bail out the too big to fail banks, and he was a former and now current financial insider, I knew it was the wrong move.

Now we have Net Neutrality where the Big ISPS want to control the narrative and the results like before will be the same.
They want more power and the wealth that comes with it while crushing the small business and consumers.

At each of these instances when majority opinion is against the Crony Capitalists, they launch a campaign that you are against capitalism if you do not support them and out comes Soros, dirty hippes and the kitchen sink.

How convenient.




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