Daisey Apple Post


            Mike Daisey’s monologue about the dreary lives of workers in the factories of Zhenjiang, China seems like a plot to a modern horror film. The constant surveillance, whether it be in the twelve by twelve dorm rooms with thirteen beds, or the hallways and warehouses where thousands upon thousands of people work, is a real life version of the Big Brother defined in novels like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. The ominous nature of the massive factories described, specifically Foxconn, is very hard for a listener to ignore. The nets put up to deter suicide attempts makes me feel as if that these workers are in borderline prison like circumstances with little freedom and an even lesser amount of hope for progression in the workspace. The number one fact Daisey said that stood out to me is that 430,000 workers are employed and perform services in the Foxconn factory. That is like a small city cramming into one warehouse every day in order to handle assemble small products that are not even sold to their own locality.

            Daisey’s original assertion that Apple is a religion to people is more true than false when I think about it. People are always out to find and buy the newest product and spend most of their lives using these devices. IPhones, IPads, and Macbooks have almost completely taken over everyday activities and without them some people are completely lost due to their developed dependency. We lose sight of the atrocities that happen in order for these tiny devices to be created. People lose physical functionality, their free will, and in some circumstances, their lives in these factories of that a majority of the time, only benefit the Western World. Like Daisey inferred, do we really need more things to be handmade when these workers give their lives to create our personal devices by hand? Is a man dying from working a 34-hour shift worth a singular phone or computer?

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3 comments on “Daisey Apple Post

  1. When you phrase it in the way of your last question, the answer should be no, a computer is not worth a life. Yet, many do not it see it as happening that way. That man’s life was taken most likely by years of mistreatment, malnutrition, and the 34 hour shift was just the breaking point. So he did not die for just one computer but for every piece of electronics we own that is manufactured in factories just like Foxconn. The culture in China allows for it, but so does the business ethic in America. Cheap labor produces atrocious working environments, which produces the prices and products we cherish. While unfortunate, it is hard too see a new system going into place anytime soon.

  2. I agree! The Apple religion/cult makes us blind to what is going on behind the scenes. It is truly astonishing to learn about the working conditions and the work that goes into producing these products. There must be another way for Apple or any other large company to produce high quality products efficiently without breaking labor laws…

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