I don’t personally have any feelings about Steve Jobs and this comment ultimately isn’t about him. But I do have feelings about the interconnected world of the products we buy and the people who make them. So when we think about Steve Jobs, the Apple legacy, and how we all love Apple products (which are great, no question), let’s remember that — and here comes an unpopular bit of reality — the factories making our Apple products have to hang suicide nets on the buildings to stop the workers from jumping.
Just google “Foxconn suicide nets Apple”. Or see:
- 1 Million Workers. 90 Million iPhones. 17 Suicides. Who’s to Blame?
- Inside Foxconn’s suicide factory
- Foxconn Rallies: Employees Pledge To Cherish Their Lives
(Normally I don’t link to this trashy website — be ye warned.)
- Foxconn suicides
- The dark side of shiny Apple products
- Happy Chinese workers spell the end of affordable tech
- In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad (NYT)
- BSR: New York Times’ Apple-Foxconn article contains untruths, inaccuracies, and misleading info (Mac Daily News)