After listening to the Bucknell production of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs I was pleasantly surprised with Alex Lyras’ performance. The entire 90 minutes of the play I was captivated by the way he presented, just like when listening to Mike Daisey. Ever since we began talking about Apple and the conditions in Foxconn, I have been going back and forth on what stance I want to take. I keep asking myself is Foxconn a good alternative for the thousands of workers who are working there? As sad as it is to say, the conditions in Foxconn seem to be much better than in other parts of China. I am not trying to say I approve of some of the things Apple is doing, but if Foxconn is a better place for workers to work, I am all for it. Continuing, something in the play that was interesting was when Steve Jobs answered questions about Foxconn. For how smart a man Steve Jobs is, I found his answers to be disappointing. By saying Apple is trying to “understand” what is going on is not an acceptable answer. I was hoping he would enlighten people with truths, but instead he tried pretending as if he does not know what is going on. The suicide statistic was surprising, but I wish he did not use this as a means of justification.
Next, one of the most intriguing things I heard in this play was “The Cult of Apple”. When I first heard this, I thought it was a too critical and harsh, but after thinking more thoroughly, I believe Apple is a cult. Dictionary.com defines a cult as “a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.” I feel that Apple and its products fit this description. People with Apple products are always talking about the different things Apple offers them. Consumers are addicted and in love with the products they offer that they will do anything to get more. On the other hand, the people who work and invest in Apple are part of the cult as well. They all work together and are obsessed with the benefits Apple brings them.
Concluding, there are still many questions regarding Apple. The way Steve Jobs’ power was described in the play was surreal in my opinion. People in Apple view him as a godly figure and it will be interesting to see what happens without him around. Not only does Apple need to make some crucial decisions in regards to the way they are handling their business abroad, but they also need to worry about innovation. Their technology is no longer leaps and bounds ahead of their competitors and the issues with their working conditions could become a deciding factor if consumers begin to leave their “cult”. I hope that Apple comes out and makes things more clear to the public so there is no questioning what is actually going on.