I began watching a television series last year that I believe exemplifies our discussion of business, government, and society. The television series Revenge exemplifies wrongdoing and poor business choices within a global company. The show’s main character, Emily Thorne, has moved into a summer home in The Hamptons. She is renting the home from The Grayson family, infamous for their ownership of Grayson Global. It is quickly revealed that Emily Thorne is in fact, Amanda Clarke, the daughter of the hated David Clarke. While working for Grayson Global years ago, David Clarke was arrested for laundering money to a terrorist group responsible for the hijack of Flight 197. David Clarke was sent to prison for life, where he was eventually murdered.
The audience then finds out that the Grayson family was responsible for the terrorist attack. They were laundering the money and pinned it on David. Amanda Clarke has returned to the Hamptons after years of self searching and combat training, ready to seek “revenge” on her father’s wrongful persecution. She is now hell bent on destroying the Graysons, crafting ways to take down each employee or friend that shared responsibility in David Clark’s demise. Emily intends to take down each of the players that worked with the Graysons, and then the Graysons themselves. Throughout the first season, the Grayon family is put under constant media scrutiny for tips received from Emily regarding their business practices.
The plot of the show is unique in that the writers have turned unethical business choices into a teen thriller. They accurately portray the running of a business, how the key players of the business must make difficult choices to stay in power, and how it has ultimately lead to others seeking revenge on them. The case of the Lehman Brothers comes to mind when discussing this show. The Lehman Brothers made unethical choices and had to pay the ultimate price because of it; bankruptcy. Although the Lehman Brothers never faced any type of “revenge” from a specific person (that we know of), Emily Thorne is the metaphorical presence of karma and a company receiving the payback in which they were owed.