The information presented in the podcast is a thought-provoking speech based on what I deem to be some serious investigative journalism. The reporter collected raw, genuine, and detailed responses from workers and union members all throughout the Shenzhen region and the Apple factory that are very eye-opening. I don’t think I can call the episode powerful as much as I can call it revealing. Obviously I am aware of the fact that many major corporations operate through cheap labor outsourced to foreign nations, but this podcast seemed to make the dire situation feel much more real.
What continues to resonate with me was how the speaker highlights that a company which prides itself on attention to detail (down to the minutia) fails to recognize the magnitude of unfair working conditions in their Shenzhen factory. Having read the Steve Jobs biography it is hard for me to understand how such scrutinizing and detail oriented executives spending millions of dollars on specific wood for retail store floors cannot see how this HUGE situation impacts their brand image to the world.
It’s interesting to think about the correlation between high end products and how much people care about what goes into the production. For a shiny new $350 iPad a consumer willingly turns a blind eye and remains purposely unaware of anything associated with the product’s creation. Our society is so driven by material wants and needs that we would rather have new technology at a low price than develop an understanding of a growing global problem. We’ve grown so attached to inanimate gadgets that we are turning our backs on human beings themselves. Technology from Apple has changed the world as we know it for consumers and businesses alike. But at what human cost? I would like to know how major stockholders of the company feel about the situation, but I get the feeling that the focus is more on dividends and productivity than the well-being of workers.