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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Great article, but...
by ncc4100 on Wed 26th May 2010 13:44 UTC
ncc4100
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2006-05-10

Great article Thom! Thank you for pointing out the facts. We need more responsible reporting like this. As you pointed out, Foxconn is well below the national average. However, we should also look at the this from another statical point of view. While it is statistically possible for 10 people to commit suicide from a single company, it does bare scrutiny. Yes, it is below the national average. However, out of all of China, how many companies in Foxconn's industry and size have that many committing suicide? I am not saying there is anything sinister going one. However, statistically it seems odd that there are 10 suicides in a single year at a company that is supposed to be one of the better ones.

Despite my misgivings, I completely agree with you that linking this to Apple and only Apple is a serious breach of journalistic ethics. If the article was going to name companies, name them all. If not, don't name any.

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RE: Great article, but...
by righard on Wed 26th May 2010 13:50 in reply to "Great article, but..."
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Statistically it isn odd, statistically there should be 4 more.

EDIT: 14 - 10 = 4 not 3, should go back to school ;)

Edited 2010-05-26 13:51 UTC

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