GM's 100-Year Anniversary to Remember Pt. 2: Wiki-Pissa!

gm s 100 year anniversary to remember pt 2 wiki pissa

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 wik i” is hosted on, 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.

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  • 50merc 50merc on Sep 15, 2008

    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."

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Sep 15, 2008
    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.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.