The Foxconn Reality: “Better” Is Still Bad

[...]criticize the working conditions for those who put your iPhone together, tiny piece by tiny piece, and it’s likely you’ll get hit with some variant of this threadbare counterpoint: Well, by Chinese standards, it’s actually pretty good. Did you know they get free housing? And they’re sure better off than they are back in their village.

We’ve already established that “by Chinese standards” doesn’t mean much. And the Workers could always have it worse! fallacy, that it’s somehow acceptable to cheer a man sleeping in a slum because he isn’t sleeping in the mud, might go back farther in time, but it was put forth in its most racist, salient form 236 years ago, by Scottish philosopher and OG factory cheerleader Adam Smith:

Compared, indeed, with the more extravagant luxury of the great, [a common worker's] accommodation must no doubt appear extremely simple and easy; and yet it may be true, perhaps, that the accommodation of an European prince does not always so much exceed that of an industrious and frugal peasant, as the accommodation of the latter exceeds that of many an African king, the absolute masters of the lives and liberties of ten thousand naked savages.

The Foxconn Reality: "Better" Is Still Bad.

New iPad App Protects You From The Horrifying Truth Of How Your Ipad Was Made. | Happy Place

Because when you pay $600 for an iPad, you shouldn’t have to feel bad about the people who died making it.

New iPad App Protects You From The Horrifying Truth Of How Your Ipad Was Made. | Happy Place.

Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China – NYTimes.com»

In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers — as well as dozens of other American industries — have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history.

However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.

Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China – NYTimes.com.

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Visualized: a Foxconn worker walks into an Apple store…

…and thinks, “I should ask for another raise.”

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via Visualized: a Foxconn worker walks into an Apple store… — Engadget