CBS Sunday Morning – Meet Amazon’s Robots

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      srobert
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      My wife and I were watching CBS Sunday Morning this morning. Amid the usual pharma sponsors for this morning’s show, there was a significant presence of Amazon in the commercial breaks consisting of feel good PR spots highlighting the company’s commitment to being inclusive, working in the interest of the community, etc. “Coincidentally” ;-), one of the news stories on the show was about the new robotic developments at Amazon. You can see the story here: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/meet-amazons-robots/

      What I find disturbing about this piece is how the polished presentation wherein CBS downplayed and outright omitted important concerns of labor from the story. The “elephant in  the room” of bad working conditions at Amazon was briefly alluded to and then casually brushed aside. A significant discussion of the view that ultimately the purpose of robotics is to eliminate the need for human labor was hand-waived away in one quick question. The words of company spokespersons were prominently displayed on the screen and read aloud. The concerns of workers testifying before OSHA or Congress, were briefly mentioned and then blurred away, before the unsuspecting viewer gave them much thought.  After watching that story one might believe that Amazon wants to develop a more sophisticated robotic work force for the sole purpose of making its workers safer.

      There was not one word about recent efforts of Amazon employees to organize. How could such an important event be missing from a story premised on “worker safety”. After watching that video, do you think CBS news is committed to presenting complete and unbiased information, or just offering a platform where those with money to pay can manipulate public perception to suit their purposes?

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      Jan Boehmerman
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      It’s disgusting!

      Życie to nie bajka......

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “After watching that video, do you think CBS news is committed to presenting complete and unbiased information, or just offering a platform where those with money to pay can manipulate public perception to suit their purposes?”

      –We don’t even have to watch the video to decide that question.  What media these days is devoted to presenting complete and unbiased information?  What media doesn’t run for the money?

       

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