While watching this interpretation of Mike Daisey’s podcast, I couldn’t help but compare the two. I was even more engaged this time because it prompted me to think more deeply. As Alex Lyras talked about the cult of Apple, I began to think about my own actions and perceptions of Apple. I buy these products because I have fallen into the cult like thinking of Apple consumers. I always want the newest products that they release, so as to stay relevant. We would all like to think that that is not the driving reason behind our purchases, but the truth is that we are heavily influenced by what is popular. So I began to think, what if what became popular was the human rights of the workers that made these products for us? Do we have the ability to affect change on this global scale? Would it ever be possible for us to come to a consensus where we were able to put enough pressure on Apple to change their ways? In reality, I think it is far fetched to think that the consumers could band together on a global scale to influence Apple to change.
Furthermore, I began to wonder who was truly to blame in this situation. Is it the government of the country in which the factories are stationed? Is it Apple as a corporation? As I watched the interview with Steve Jobs, he was adamant that Apple was committed to working ethically with these factories such as Foxconn. Jobs claims that they have annual reports on their working conditions. It seems clear to me that they are consciously monitoring their working conditions, so what else is expected? Being that they cannot constantly monitor Foxconn as Apple is not based in China, the blame cannot be placed completely on Apple or Steve Jobs. I wonder, are the people managing Foxconn honestly following the rules? Are they hiring underage workers? Are the conditions up to code? There are so many questions that I have for the people involved in this global issue. I don’t even know where to begin. I think that the first step is to define where the source of the problem begins, and attack it piece by piece.