I have a feeling it's happening more often.

As Amazon begins to place a large footprint on every part of America, some people are wondering if that's entirely a good thing.

Last week, I wrote about a very clever filmmaker who changed the music on Amazon's latest ad and made the company seem like an alien invader, there to gobble all before it.

Now it's becoming a trend.

This week, the famed writers of South Park dedicated an episode to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Was he portrayed as an innovative tech genius, bringing joy to all the people of the world?

Not quite.

Instead, here was a man who communicated through a twisted telepathy and spoke in the robotic tones of someone who'd really rather like to immolate you, as soon as you serve no further purpose to him.

He knows how to hit you where it truly hurts.

If you don't do what he says, he threatens to, gasp, take away your Amazon Prime status.

And who can live without that? 

You might think that anyone who achieves power is likely to face a certain level of ridicule.

What's different with Amazon is that too may stories are now emerging in which the company appears entirely without heart.

Whether it's allegedly calling the police on striking workers in Spain, or making 200 American cities beg to host its so-called HQ2, Amazon has managed to appear precisely as Bezos is portrayed by South Park: as a feelings-free behemoth only interested in total domination.

You might imagine there's little Amazon can do about that.

Growth, after all, is the only characteristic America respects in companies. 

You have to get bigger and bigger until you burst, rather like the average American diner.

Yet Amazon executives are surely concerned that a company claiming to put consumers at its core may become a little more unpopular with those very consumers.

Bezos has himself admitted that Amazon will one day go bankrupt, perhaps within the next decade. 

Some might wonder whether, instead of this being Amazon's prime time, it's actually the beginning of the end.

Published on: Dec 9, 2018
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