Social Responsibility

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Douglas Schuler
Public Sphere Project (CPSR)

People often feel like they are cogs in a machine. Some people, on the other hand, believe that the job they do is independent from the rest of the world, or if they do acknowledge any type of connection, they feel that they are helpless to act.


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From a transcript of two Enron energy traders in Houston:

KEVIN: So the rumor’s true? They’re fuckin’ takin’ all the money back from you guys? All those money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?
BOB: Yeah, grandma Millie, man. But she’s the one who couldn’t figure out how to fuckin’ vote on the butterfly ballot.
KEVIN: Yeah, now she wants her fuckin’ money back for all the power you’ve charged right up – jammed right up her ass for fuckin’ 250 dollars a megawatt hour.

An increased sense of social responsibility can be integrated into all activiites. For example, in response, to the saber-rattling of the Reagan era, a number of groups including Physicians for Social Responsibility, Architects for Social Responsibility and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility all became organized. This can be done individually as well....

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