Three recent news articles (and one response) return the spotlight to the mammoth electronics factories in China that make most of our favourite electronics, pointing out what everybody knows and no one wants to think about:
Happy Chinese workers spell the end of affordable tech (ZDNet)
“Human and worker rights reforms in China would have serious negative consequences for the efficiency and cost of the gadget supply chain.
“Foxconn’s client list reads like a celebrity tech roster that includes Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, IBM, Cisco/Linksys, Netgear, Microsoft, Sharp, Sony, Motorola, Asus, Acer and Vizio… tablet runners and e-reader champions Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Yes, your Kindles and Nooks are also made by the very same companies with the same awful working conditions that make products for Apple.”
The dark side of shiny Apple products (CBS News)
“…our most popular electronic devices are largely made by hand … MANY hands, as it turns out … hands that often are very over-worked, or so industry’s critics contend.”
“”I met workers who were 12. Do you really think Apple doesn’t know?”
“But what was news were the suicides…”