I gave ChatGPT this prompt. My goal is for you to go through the piece and see if you find errors. Was the writing interesting and informative? The first thing I’ll note is that the AI is disobedient. I asked for 800 words. It fell far short of that request. The supporting evidence is also weaker than it could have been. Is this due to bias? Is this due to inability to find support? Is my prompt too general?
No matter — this technology is changing the world. I just was served a YouTube ad using a facsimile of Barack Obama’s voice for some health-food product. Is this illegal? Not yet, but this technology is being used everywhere, and trusting information is going to become even more challenging.
Let us know what you think!
Please write an 800-word piece about leftist political activists who have effectively used boycotts to achieve policies favorable to their worldviews citing Bill Ayers and other specific activists in the United States. Cite data regarding business losses due to boycotts and how ESG is an outgrowth of that activism.
Ayers and other activists of his time used boycotts as a way to put pressure on companies and institutions that they believed were supporting or benefiting from policies they opposed. For example, they boycotted companies that were involved in the production of napalm, a chemical weapon used in the Vietnam War.
Over the years, leftist political activists have continued to use boycotts as a tool for social and political change. In recent years, we have seen boycotts of companies that are seen as contributing to climate change, supporting oppressive regimes, or engaging in other practices that are seen as harmful to society.
The impact of these boycotts can be significant. According to a report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, boycotts can lead to a significant drop in sales for targeted companies, with some companies losing billions of dollars in revenue.
For example, in 2017, the #DeleteUber campaign was launched in response to allegations that the ride-sharing company had taken advantage of a taxi strike in New York City protesting President Trump’s travel ban. The campaign led to over 200,000 users deleting their Uber accounts, and the company’s CEO was forced to resign from President Trump’s business advisory council. The campaign reportedly cost Uber over $500 million in lost revenue.
Another example is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to put economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories. The movement has led to a number of high-profile boycotts of Israeli products and companies, including SodaStream and Airbnb. According to a report by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the BDS movement has cost Israel’s economy over $1.2 billion since 2014.
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing is an outgrowth of this activism. ESG investors seek to invest in companies that align with their values and avoid companies that engage in practices they oppose. This has led to increased pressure on companies to adopt more socially responsible practices, such as reducing their carbon footprint or improving working conditions for employees.
According to a report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, ESG investing has grown significantly in recent years, with over $30 trillion in assets under management globally. This growth has been driven in part by increased awareness of the impact of climate change and other social and environmental issues, as well as by the activism of leftist political groups.
One example of this activism is the campaign to divest from fossil fuels. The campaign, which was launched by environmental groups such as 350.org, aims to put pressure on companies and institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in renewable energy instead. According to a report by Arabella Advisors, the campaign has led to over 1,200 institutions and individuals divesting from fossil fuels, with a total of over $14 trillion in assets under management.
Another example is the campaign to improve working conditions in the fashion industry. The campaign, which was launched by groups such as Fashion Revolution and the Clean Clothes Campaign, aims to put pressure on fashion companies to improve working conditions for garment workers, who are often paid low wages and work in unsafe conditions.