Hollingworth's Global Over Development Inc. gives an account of risky business
Friday 30 September 2011
An enlightening new book Global Over Development Inc., by Crawford Hollingworth, is a clever parody of a corporation's end of year report, which forces the reader to confront the darker truths behind world progress. The annual report of Global Over Development (GOD) Inc. is far from typical. Instead of portraying a flattering account of the year's business, GOD Inc.'s report presents a collection of facts that give a stark warning about the state of the world.
GOD Inc. is Hollingworth's fictional corporation. Chairman Peter Progress presides over seven core businesses whose CEOs are "Seven deadly characters with seven deadly sins". The corporation's satirical mission statement is clear, "The destruction of planet earth" achieved through everything from widening the gap between rich and poor to providing sex and drugs on a global level.
The motley crew of devious CEOs include Mr. X. Terminator at Global Exploitation Inc, Ms. X. Plicit at Sleazy Inc, Mr. X. Crement at World Trash Inc and Mr. I. Spy at Big Brother Inc.
The book is full of cartoon illustrations and humorous dialogue. However, in contrast to this almost childish format, its message is deadly serious. The CEOs boast about their achievements in creating a world of over consumption, sleaze, rubbish, exploitation, division and Big Brother-like surveillance, and we the readers assume the role of the unfortunate shareholders.
Hollingworth, a former global futures expert who abandoned a career in the corporate world, says "I wanted to bring together lots of cutting-edge facts about the impact of global over development to make the information accessible to the majority of people (not just the already informed minority)."
'Global Over Development Inc.' by Crawford Hollingworth is published by CreateSpace
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Kelsey Grammer forgives the man who raped and murdered his sister in 1975
Game of Thrones actress Aimee Richardson begs for 'other princess work' after Myrcella Baratheon part is recast
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming in August 2014
Cultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
The Walking Dead season 5 will see deaths of 'favourite characters', suggests Andrew Lincoln
Edinburgh Festival 2014: Israeli show The City pulled after pro-Palestinian protests
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >