By on September 15, 2008

As TTAC proves on an ongoing basis, General Motors is a company that has struggled mightily to adjust to the Internet Age. Now, GM is trying to embrace the open-source future by recruiting a few good webizens to wikify its long and tumultuous path. Needless to say, there’s many a slip ‘twixt PR dependence and Web 2.0. The “Generations of GM wiki” is hosted on GMNext.com, which requires registration and serves largely as an organ of GM PR. Accordingly, when you attempt to write an article, you have to slot it into one of several unmodifiable “chapters”: “Creation” (1897-1909), “Acceleration” (1910-1930), “Emotion” (1931-1958), “Revolution” (1959-1981), “Globalization” (1982-1999) and “Transformation” (2000-present). Though there are all too many bones to be picked with this rose-hued historical categorization, the fact that “Transformation” (2000-present) is represented by an image of the Volt concept car tells you everything you need to know. Couldn’t they at least have used the Camaro from “Tranformers” to complete their metaphorical whitewash of the last eight years? Anyway, there enough “rules to the road” for the Generations of GM wiki to ensure little more than a steady trickle of mild-mannered personal recollections. And since you have to submit articles by email for careful PR-flack screening, it’s not even a proper wiki anyway. Do you have an article on the history of GM that was denied by GMNExt? We’re not a wiki, but send it in because we might just run it anyway… as long as it’s exactly 800 words.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

8 Comments on “GM’s 100-Year Anniversary to Remember Pt. 2: Wiki-Pissa!...”


  • avatar
    Zarba

    History’s easy to write if you ignore the facts…

  • avatar
    Edward Niedermeyer

    History is written by the bored.

  • avatar
    yankinwaoz

    Wow… love those categories. Gotta wonder what the hell they are smoking there at GM. Can they please add “crapification (1970-2005)”?

  • avatar
    thalter

    How about Citation (1980-1985)?

  • avatar
    Cicero

    Obfuscation (2005-2007)
    Evisceration (2008)
    Nationalization (2009)
    Liquidation (??)

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Cicero shoots… HE SCORES! Best post this month.

  • avatar
    50merc

    The sign pictured says “This settlement led to complete unionization of the auto industry in ensuing years and added stability for workers and company.”

    How did recognizing the UAW “add stability” for GM? Oh, right. The company got back the ability to use its property. Like a corner market gets stability by making weekly payments to Tony Soprano’s wise guys.

    Also, the sign should add “until competition broke the D3 oligopoly and made it impossible for them to sell their cars at prices that covered their costs.”

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    How did recognizing the UAW “add stability” for GM? Oh, right. The company got back the ability to use its property. Like a corner market gets stability by making weekly payments to Tony Soprano’s wise guys.

    Well, let’s be fair. The need for unionization was clearly there. Workplace safety and rights basically didn’t exist, and your employer had you more or less at their mercy. The Tony Soprano comparison was apt, but in the other direction.

    Of course, now we do have those regulations, and the UAW, Steelworkers and Teamsters really aren’t much different than their opposite number, and they really aren’t trying very hard to defend workers who are being exploited in the modern workforce. Of course, you don’t make much union dues from people making minimum wage or less for not quite long enough to qualify for benefits and in environments that are very, very unsafe.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting

Recent Comments

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Authors

  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India