The dark side of shiny Apple products
On Thursday, after a damning, front-page story in The New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed his staff:
"Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us . . . We are attacking problems aggressively . . . it would be easy to look for problems in fewer places and report prettier results, but those would not be the actions of a leader."
And that's just the point for Mike Daisey.
"Why are we talking about Apple here as opposed to, say, Microsoft or Dell or Samsung or any of the other companies that contract with the Foxconns of the world?" Teichner asked.
"Apple has said for decades that it wants to be a leader," replied Daisey. "Well, it's a leader now. I think they should be delighted that people actually expect them to lead and to rally the rest of the industry."
So where does that leave us?
In 2012 it's virtually impossible to stop buying and using electronics made in Chinese factories for Apple or anybody else.
"Our devices are so beautiful, especially the Apple devices. They're so gorgeous-looking that it seems as though they were made by a machine. But the reality is they're assembled by hand - thousands of people work with their fingers putting together the tiny components," said Daisey. "So much of our world is actually handmade, even though it looks so modern. It's built on the bones of this labor. And we need to actually understand that."
For more info:
- "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs", Public Theater, New York, N.Y.
- Mike Daisey blog
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