Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Mar 2012 19:47 UTC
In the News "This American Life has retracted an episode that focused on working conditions inside a Foxconn iPad factory, calling the source material 'partially fabricated'. The episode - the most popular in TAL history with nearly a million streams - was partially based on the work of artist Mike Daisey, who apparently lied to fact-checkers about his experiences visiting Foxconn's facility. Some of the lies were discovered during an interview with Daisey's Chinese translator, who disputed the facts presented in his show and on the air."
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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Soulbender on Sun 18th Mar 2012 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

(with a dash of iPhobia thrown in for spice)


Where did I mention the iPhone?

a) The conditions of workers in factories making components for Apple are better than average.


Better than average does not mean that it's actually good.

c) The development of modern competitive industrial production in China, as exemplified by companies like Foxconn, has very significantly raised the GDP and standard of living of the Chinese


Raised by how much and for whom? China has had industrial production of cheap stuff for ages. When I was a kid in the 70's most toys was already manufactured in China.
Many, many factories (maybe not Foxconn) treats their employees terribly bad. Having lived in Asia for 10+ years and worked for companies with manufacturing in China I can say that the conditions for many (probably most) workers is so horrible it's hard to believe.

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