While listening to this podcast I could not help but think of the phrase, Ignorance is Bliss. The reason I continually thought of this particular phrase is because it perfectly describes the situation presented by Mike Daisey . The American public is continually looking for the next best thing and the latest and greatest technology, while ignoring every aspect of how it is made. It is no longer what goes into making it, but instead what can it do for me. I can honestly say that I have been a part of this society as well. I made jokes about everything being “made in China” without giving it a second thought. I was always in a state of ignorance just assuming that China is where everything was made and that was fine and dandy. This podcast immediately proved me and society wrong.
The conditions that Mike Daisey described in his monologue were atrocious. I had never realized how bad things really were over there because more often than not we do not want to know. These people start working at the ages of 12, 13 and 14 and work eight hour days if they are very lucky. As Mike put it, that is really just a dream for them. In reality they work 12 or more hour shifts regularly. He even described a worker collapsing and dying after a 34 hour shift. And if that was not enough, he goes on to say that people much more often than not commit suicide in order to escape. In addition, if they try to join a union or go to the labor board that could mean their immediate termination as well as their name going on the dreaded “black list.” It is with this in mind that I say, is it really worth it? Before hearing this I always leaned towards shareholder managing and doing whatever necessary to produce large profits, but now I find it very hard to think the same way. Can Apple, as well as many of the largest corporation, continue to do this without a second thought?