Mike Daisey’s adventure through Shenzhen was truly enlightening and begs the question, “Do you really think Apple doesn’t know… do they just see what they want to see?” After hearing this podcast, I can’t help but think that Apple (and the other corporations involved with Foxconn) must just turn a blind eye.
Daisey’s level of detail in describing the conditions at these monstrous factories is extraordinary. Cafeterias fitting tens of thousands people, nets being placed on buildings to prevent suicides, surveillance cameras monitoring every moment, armed guards staring at the gates—the factories sound more like mass prisons than the technological havens I once thought them to be. As I type this blog, I look at my Macbook laptop in a different light now. I think of a thirteen-year-old girl cleaning my screen, right before she has to slide into bed “like coffins.” I think of complete silence in a room the size of a football field as dozens of fingers put together each individual key on the keyboard my fingers are touching as I type. It is a sickening feeling.
This podcast really makes me question whether or not Apple adopts a stakeholder managing strategy. Despite being viewed as the pinnacle of ‘cool’ and social responsibility, Apple is clearly oblivious to the travesties that are happening in the factories their products are created. I can’t help but think that this all serves just one purpose: maximizing profits and appeasing shareholders. If Apple were concerned with its stakeholders, reporters like Daisey would not need to sneak into Shenzhen factories to see the truth. After all, not even Siri wants to admit where it was made.