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July 24, 2005
Corporate Social Responsibility

My Lit teacher gave me the entry form for an essay writing competition on the above topic. The prize is $2000 dollars for the winner, and $3000 for the winner's school. It sounded like a good idea to enter at first... then there were three reasons why it began to sound not so good.

1) Entries close on the 9th of August. The competition has been open for six months already.

2) The competition is organised by the Australian Business Council (or something) in partnership with the Prime Minister. Can you smell the economic rationalism?

3) 'How can we encourage corporations to be socially responsible whilst recognising that the aim of business is to make profit?'

I believe the reason why so many corporations are not socially responsible is because they are built only to make profit. Nike can sponsor a basketball tournament for poor kids because this is relatively costless and also has advertising benifits, but will they ever pay their shoe-makers a fair wage?

Corporations have proven that their efforts at social responsibility are relatively cheap and extensively brand-stamped: Ronald McDonald House, for example. I could write an essay extolling the need for more community involvement and contribution by businesses, and that would probably go down well - it's small target, not too radical, not too critical, and anyone can write bullshit in an essay, but what I really believe is that the sole aim of every business and every corporation - to make a profit - will prevent any meaningful social responsibility from occuring. Will Starbucks ever stop underselling independent coffee stores? Will fast food chains ever pay their workers well? Will foreign factory workers ever be paid enough to live on? They won't, because the socially (and globally) responsible thing to do is going to take a chunk out of their profits.

I think, knowing the focus of the competition, writing what I really believe would only be an excercise in futility.

July 20, 2005
...She returned from other people's blogs, and needed a drink.

No, that's a lie. For reasons unknown I'm unable to access a working computer from Sunday to Tuesday. Do you know what this means? I have to find other ways to entertain myself, like going to Le Nova to see Sin City yesterday. You'll either love it or hate it. It's like a violent, noir-style comic book stuck up on the screen. There are lots of semi-naked women and bad-boys seeking revenge. For this reason, I'd reccomend it - unless you have an aversion to any of the aforementioned things.

During my hiatus, a strange thing happened. I was linked to by La Galarzas, a blog that is either Portuguese or Spanish. Apparently A Mechanical Australian translates to Australomecânicopiteco! I'm thinking maybe I should change the address of my blog to http://www.australomecanicopetico.blogspot.com - catchy, isn't it?

I've linked back to them, because, you know, it's the polite thing to do. If anyone can work out what La Galarzas is actually is they should let me know. I think they might be a band. Then again, they might not be.

If you also have a 60gig iPod, we should start a club. It cost $598 dollars, which is 6 weeks of work for me, so it BETTER NOT DIE. If I lose it, you'll never see me again.

July 17, 2005
Back From The Dead

End Hiatus. I don't really have an excuse for my absence. I wasn't doing any exams, I don't do maths or science, but I'll save all the good advice for the end of the year when I have six of them. I took a break because I was busy, uninspired, and sick of the way my blog looked. So, as you can see, I fixed (or made worse, depending on your tastes) one of those problems this morning. What do you think?

Now, to all that blog reading and commenting I've missed out on...