Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 11:45 UTC
In the News Now this is a subject I've been tiptoeing around for a while now, not entirely sure what to do with it: the suicides at Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. Instead of acting all morally smug and superior from my comfortable rural home in one of the richest countries in the world, I want to talk about two things journalists and bloggers should really stop focusing on when writing about this story: Apple, and the suicides. Wait, what?
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Most often I neither disagree nor agree with the articles on this site (even if I've been reading it since five years by now), but let me say it, the opinion presented in this article is ridiculous.
You can't justify these Chinese manufacturers in the slightest.

We need to get rid of Chinese manufacturers. Why? They're a simple way for stupid corporatists to get our jobs and to cut big big corners, and they give us the illusion we've got everything at the lowest price possible, while in reality we've got a lot of stupid gadgets which break at the first time you put them under REAL stress. Stuff didn't break for decades once and often had free 800/green-number telephone support, to not say parts were easily replaceable and MEANT to be replaceable (East German TVs even had freakin' schematics inside!)
Now it's stupid call centers in India and 199-pay-through-the-nose calls.

People need to understand that they need much less, but that "less" has to be much better. But that is not wanted by the corporatists, who want consumations to flourish, and the only way they can get that it's with disposable, immediately-breaking stuff.

Try getting *documentation* for these things. Impossible.

It's bad for everyone, our families and the environment

The argument that the jobs Foxconn and other companies like it (in fact you're right on the fact that it's not only Foxconn but THOUSANDS) give are essential are simply not true. If there weren't them, there would be someone else giving jobs. And if there weren't any private corporation to do that, people would organize and fix that situation.

I'm Italian actually and outsourcing doesn't affect the country as much as it affects a place like the US yet. Not yet; but it will happen.

The problem is that today people are educated that money is the most important thing ever and the only real value. Not true: the mixed economical system had lower price for everyone and actually got started the "development" many politicians like to brag about!
If it weren't for public buildings, there would be a lot of homeless people, in face of the stupid corporatists.

Start doing stuff in the US, Canada, Europe, et al. I will gladly buy a GREAT 1000 quids television that has good support and lasts forever, instead of an el-cheapo bugridden Chinese 300 quids television which not only is very slow at doing everything, but has no support and no replacements, and doesn't last more than an handful of years (and I had one of these and was by a brand co-owned by the Chinese government)

Socialism would be really the way to go (the Chinese government != socialist, it's actually == selfish_capitalists)
The role of society is staying happily together, not selfish advancements.

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