Friday, May 14, 2010

Short Essay Contest: Are we Microsoft Serfs?


Microsoft Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Microsoft was ranked as the third largest company in the world, following PetroChina and ExxonMobil. It is also one of the largest technological corporations in the world. Many of its products have achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. The ensuing rise of the stock price has made four billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Microsoft employs 30,000 people in its headquarters alone. The number of employees devoted to the sale, development and service of its products would number in the hundreds of thousands.

Serf: noun
1. a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another.
2. a slave.

In 500 words or less please formulate a pro or con argument answering the following question: Has mankind become Microsoft Serfs?

The winner will receive a personalized certificate of achievement from The Oggy Bleacher Philosophy Federation. This contest is open until it is closed. Submit your essay in the comments section below. Oggy Bleacher will judge the essays based on persuasiveness, creativity and revolutionary modes of thinking.


Anonymous said...

I think you're picking the wrong target for Serfdom - a Wal-Mart employee seems like a better bet, but 12,000 millionaire are unlikely to be moaning and groaning about servitude!

Oggy Bleacher said...

Lets think outside the box. Is it possible that the 12,000 millionaires are the modern equivalent of the lords who lease us software (instead of fields) and allow us to be digital sharecroppers?
My instincts tell me something is not right at all with this paradigm but I can't put my finger on it. I mean, aside from a totally fabricated nature-loathing culture, there's something else rotting in the refrigerator. What is it?

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