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  • Thursday, October 20, 2005


    Defining Corporatacracy

    What an ugly and awkward word. Corporatacracy. Basically it means the rule of corporations or government by corporation. Some people use "corporacracy" which gets rid of a syllable but I believe the other form may be more linguistically accurate.

    CorpWatch has a little factsheet from 2001 but I bet it's still pretty accurate:
    A good juxtoposition to the information on corporations above, CorpWatch also has a factsheet on the practice of "greenwashing". You can find numerous examples of this in advertising.

    green*wash: (n) Disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image. Derivatives greenwashing (n). Origin from green on the pattern of whitewash. The Tenth Edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary

    green*wash: (gr~en-wosh) -washers, -washing, -washed 1.) The phenomenon of socially and environmentally destructive corporations attempting to preserve and expand their markets by posing as friends of the environment and leaders in the struggle to eradicate poverty. 2) Environmental whitewash. 3) Any attempt to brainwash consumers or policy makers into believing polluting mega-corporations are the key to environmentally sound sustainable development 4) Hogwash. CorpWatch Definition [...]

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