Metropolis VIII (a): Microsoft
Seattle has been in a permanent tech boom since the early 1990's, at least. This is largely due to a single company: Microsoft. While the 40,000 employees of the company go about their daily lives, commuting to work, putting in their hours, going back to their condos in gentrified neighborhoods, spending their money on luxury items and expensive food, while they are doing this, their employers are busy creating the infrastructure for a totalitarian society.
Over the last two decades, entire neighborhoods have been restructured and remade according to the despicably bland tastes of these tech employees and the real estate developers who profit off their disposable incomes. But on top of this, there are the commodities and interfaces that Microsoft designs. The most insidious and pernicious of these commodities is the X-Box, a platform that has served as a recruiting tool for the US military for years.
In addition to creating a conduit for thousands of young men and women to enter the military, Microsoft engages in wide rage of philanthropic efforts. Huge sums of money have been dispensed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation throughout the world to fight diseases in the third world and to bring information technology to impoverished areas of the world. Somewhere in the mix, this philanthropic arm of the Microsoft empire decided to collaborate with Monsanto in promoting Golden Rice, a genetically modified plant that would be planted in the third world.
We threw in a little something at the end there, namely the address of Bill Gates' secret corporation, BGC3. In the trash near one of the conference rooms at BGC3, the filmmakers discovered a manual for Microsoft leaders. It is an exercise booklet in which the corporate leaders are supposed to view themselves as the colonizers landing on the island in the Shakespeare's The Tempest. All of the problems these corporate leaders encounter are seen as the work of the dark skinned native Caliban and his mother Sycorax, the witch.
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