Here we see an image of a standard corporate logo promoting a special discount offer. A striking difference with this advertisement is that two corporations very irrelevant to each other (Jiffy Lube and Jack in the Box) are mutually making a special offer. This billboard represents a growing trend with large companies, especially restaurants that are consolidating. C. Wright Mills explains this trend as a common theme within the power elite. Bureaucratization, a term concept developed by Max Weber, allows their companies to further grow and align with partnering corporations and goverment agencies to secure their wealth. The Power Elite is a very exclusive class and as Mills claims, the group wants to keep it that way. By witnessing large companies join forces, the growing consolidation contributes even more to a hierarchal bureaucracy that is being formed in the United States. Corporations are continually growing and gaining political support now due to their greater economic influence.
For those of you today in the afternoon class, you may find the collection of Tweets by individuals making distinction between “real” problems of those who are poor, rich, of the “first world,” etc.
From the LA Times, the GOP lambasts President Obama’s proposal for a new tax for individuals making over $1 million or more as “class warfare.” Thoughts?