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#1 User is offline   Jonathan Stewart 

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

So an American author has been reporting to both The New York Times and to well renown radio station 'This American Life' about the real experiences of Foxconn workers in China. Turns out he was writing a little fiction.

Does any one think that Foxconn gets a bad rap because it is Apple?

Are the conditions in Foxconn compared unjustly with Western standards? What I mean is compared to other factories in China, maybe Foxconn provides adequate working conditions but the western media compare them to our working standards?

If the average wage in China is a certain amount, say $100 a month, should the Apple employees earn an average American wage? Do they deserve to earn significantly more than the average worker in their own country just because they are employed by a western company?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:47 AM

Absolutely Foxconn gets a bad rap because of Apple. No one has talked about the other companies using them yet.

If they should earn average American wages they'll be out of a job because Apple will ship manufacturing somewhere cheaper (Foxconn now has a factory in Brazil) or even back to the US.

But whether conditions can be improved is another matter - I think we had this discussion on the forum recently? (And it got a bit heated!)
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

I've been arguing about this heaps on Twitter.

As I understand it, Daisey lied about collecting the research first hand.

The most outraged about it have been tech journos who feel aggrieved that Daisey wasn't held accountable to the same standards that they are.

Pointing out that different standards are involved because people don't go to the theatre to watch tech journalism brings nothing but demonstrably false, unsubstantiated claims about the objective quality of truth.
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