This is another installment of “ANTITHESIS” — your outlet for speaking out against anything Zine, Western or MIT.
This edition is in response to the proposed $35,000 scholarship from American banking firm, Goldman Sachs.
UPDATE: the scholarship has been accepted by the Board of Governors.
Read more about their reasoning after the jump.
I was never more proud to be a FIMS student when I heard that one of our own was questioning the ethics of accepting a scholarship fund from Goldman Sachs. Not only does FIMS, with its highly anti-corporation sentiments, have reason to be anti-Goldman Sachs, but the rest of the world does too. The financial giant is considered one of the central orchestrators of the 2008 global economic crisis. Of course, in the face of this Goliath, it’s FIMS — a mere David — that speaks up. Continue reading
Money, power, fame, and acclaim: possess these attributes and you might be the most influential person in the world. Considering the criteria, it is no wonder that AskMen.com’s list of the “Top 49 Most Influential Men” is composed of Hollywood celebrities, wealthy businessmen, professional athletes, and only one politician. Not all of the individuals deserve to be on a “most influential” list, but that depends on the criteria. Not all of them have anything worthy to say; yet we still listen. Hollywood celebrities can influence public opinion only because millions of people already take an interest in their lives. The characteristics of the individuals on the list are representative of the values upheld by our society and the result of media that focus on hype with little regard for morality. We need to consider the social implications of favouring cultural influence over quality influence. Those who hold our attention ultimately have the power to influence society, but if we focus our attention on personalities instead of policies, it is easy to forget in what direction we are being steered. Therefore, it is important to consider whether our public figures are a positive or negative influence on society before we allow put them on a pedestal. Askmen.com compiled this list, but it seems the only people they asked for opinions were the writers of tabloid magazines.
Popularity may be influence but influence is not about popularity. Continue reading