Several Occupy Wall Street protesters have been raising their concerns about “Corporate Personhood” which essentially treats the corporation as though it were an individual citizen. But let me take this a step further. Do we not treat products with the same level of respect that we do individual citizens?
Let me dive a little deeper. What do most of us spend our time on? Well, making and consuming products — if we aren’t spending our time making products, we are out shopping for, buying, or using products. Products or things seem to control or account for the greatest use of our time and energy. Our obsession with product creation and consumption has almost morphed us into becoming a product ourselves. Do products serve us or do we serve products? Are we simply becoming commodities? Is the cliché true that you are what you do?
Should the protestors in fact be attacking “Product Personhood”? I offer some images that may help illuminate what my words have failed to adequately describe.