The most striking part of this podcast to me was definitely when Daisey was talking about how everything was made by hand. When I think of factories I always in vision machines doing most of the assembly and the workers mainly monitoring or using the machines, similar to Daisey’s perception of a factory before doing his study. Thinking of computers and iPhones and all of the different electronics that people use, I am now thinking of all the little parts that make up these devises. It almost doesn’t seem possible to me that people could put all of the tiny pieces in the right places and secure them by hand, and in such mass quantities. Now, after hearing the podcast, I cannot stop thinking about how many people but have touched and put so much effort into putting together my iPhone, or my MacBook.
Similarly, one of the parts of the podcast that really effected me was when Daisey was talking to the Union workers and some of the factory workers and he said many people get there hand ruined from doing all the work with there hands. Because of the long hours and the repetitive jobs that they are required to do, it actually handicaps them and makes their hands not able to function properly. I find it so unethical that the companies know this is happening to the workers, and they still enforce work hour restrictions. This is one of the main problems that stood out to me through out the video. However, I was pleased to hear towards the end that the companies cannot simply fire these employees if they become disabled from their work, and that many workers have begun suing employers that have done this.
Additionally, I found it so interesting that one of the workers that Daisey was talking to, although working and building iPads everyday, was in awe of Daisey’s iPad because he had never seen one turned on. It is so weird and sad to me that these workers who dedicate the days to building these electronic products, do not get to see the finished product, and cannot afford these products themselves. Whenever I work on any project, it always give me intrinsic rewards to see the finished product and be proud of it, no matter how much I hated the project. Although these workers are probably jaded from working on so many of these products, I find it very sad that they never get the reward of seeing a functions iPad or iPhone or MacBook, or whatever other electronic they are working on. It would be so incredibly hard to be doing the same tedious tasks, with no types of intrinsic rewards, and in such terrible conditions, and this podcast really made me think so hard about this, when it is very easy to overlook or not think of the lives of the people who manufactured the electronics we use.