A lot of people have asked for my take on The New York Times piece yesterday about the true cost of making Apple products in China. Let me first just say that it’s an important piece full of good reporting by Charles Duhigg and David Barboza. Parts of it are very sad — sickening, really.
”If people saw what kind of life workers lived before they found a job at Foxconn, they would come to an opposite conclusion of this story: that Apple is such a philanthropist,”
“It is biased to blame Apple for everything. The government should supervise the companies and their conduct, not the other way around.”
“By the way, construction workers and farmers are also living a harsh life in China, shall we also boycott housing and grains?”
–Source: Apple Insider
Why Cargill, for instance, doesn’t get the hard time they are giving Apple? ah, maybe because their asshat lobbyists make sure nothing surfaces, or maybe because it is OK to exploit rice harvesters in China and other countries just because it is food. Or maybe it’s also OK to exploit illegal immigrants on corn fields in this country because HECK! they are illegal immigrants.
None of these other irregularities are ever mentioned or condemned. If the guys at the New York Times think is better to have these Chinese workers and their children peddling on the street than having them work and give them shelter at night at the same time, then have at it.
Much like last years popular Thirty Four, here are thirty five things I’ve learned in thirty five years.
- You may think the lead guitarist is the bad-ass in the band, but you’d be wrong. It’s the bass player.
- If you were to drop off the face of the earth tomorrow, the people who call looking…
Hey, don’t stop here… Read the rest at Noah’s esbueno.
If your iMessages settings lost the ‘Send Read Receipts’ and the ‘Receive at’ options, turn off iMessage and turn it on again.
I don’t know how they got lost on the first place, but if it ever happens to you, now you know.