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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Sadly this is only the tip of the issue.
by jefro on Fri 16th Mar 2012 19:56 UTC
jefro
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2007-04-13

Almost all the products produced in the Asian theater are at the cost of human suffering and environmental impact. While some countries have done an OK job at wages and benefits and environmental issues, we continue to purchase this stuff without regard to it's source. It is almost impossible to live in the modern world without being part of this global disaster. Hopefully these countries will be forced to modernize their practices.

I have lived and traveled in some very poor countries before and know first hand that life in a "rich" country is not the same as a poor country.

Edited 2012-03-16 19:57 UTC

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Dr.Mabuse Member since:
2009-05-19

... It is almost impossible to live in the modern world without being part of this global disaster. Hopefully these countries will be forced to modernize their practices.


Therein lies the rub. Why is so much manufacturing located in Asia anyway? Obviously because it's cheap and profitable for companies to do so.

The day they are forced to manufacture the same way the west does (I mean wages, conditions, etc.) is the day that "outsourcing" and "globalisation" ceases to make ANY sense. Will this be allowed to happen?

Short of a full-on revolution occuring and deciding this course of action, I wouldn't hold my breath for companies to suddenly "do the right thing."

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