I personally found this report to be old news and not significantly powerful or revealing. In today’s society it’s common knowledge that what is going on at manufacturing plants in China and all over the developing world. It is reported by every news channel almost weekly with a new “Special Report” or opinion piece. Just as revealing, even if these exact events were not reported I feel as though they are assumed. The fact of the matter is most people are aware of these issues and frankly they do not particularly care. People are more than willing to turn the other way when it comes to how foreign products are made.
People give votes of confidence and it is already projected that the Iphone 5 will sell 250 million copies during the life span of its purchase. The only real momentum which would most likely stop this would be if the price point for the IPhone went from $200 to $1000. It is only at cost that I believe consumers would change their minds. So if Apple did do the right and paid their employees fair wages, they most likely couldn’t sell their products in the market place and there would be no Apple.
What the report does not go into and which I believes provides context to this entire conversation is if what life would be like if the factories weren’t there. Would people be unemployed? Would they be farmers? What would Chinese society look like without the economic engine which is its manufacturing and exporting sector? There is no guarantee that life for these workers would be better off without these factors and I believe this level of reporting is what is missing from the commentary on Asian labor and manufacturing.