I found this podcast to be entertaining, eye-opening, and question-inducing. Mr. Daisey’s unique approach to his research, story craftsmanship, and delivery made me wonder about things I had never even thought of before. One topic I found particularly interesting was the ability of humans and organizations to see only what we want to see. Every day we surround ourselves with thousands of items from clothes, to vehicles, to electronics, and never do we wonder about what it took to get these items into our possession. We only think of their value to us and the potential advantages to our lives. But so often, these items required hours of hard labor in sweatshops, to become a gadget we probably hardly use, or take completely for granted. Deep down, we know that practically all of our belongings are created in China in terrible working conditions, but we choose not to worry or think about that. In a way, we see what we want to see. Mr. Daisey suggests that companies like Apple, who do conduct audits that aim to eliminate unethical conditions but seem unable to actually better the conditions, are really probably still aware of the actual conditions of the manufacturers they use. Mr. Daisey questions our ability to blame these companies, because they are only doing the same thing we are. I found this point interesting as it made me think about the ethical ramifications of our actions and how ignoring the obvious can have seriously damaging effects.
Many of Mr. Daisey’s interactions with workers moved me. In many cases. the lack of government restriction and the actual conditions that these people endured which resulted in the physical deterioration of their bodies, and mostly likely their minds as well, was truly astonishing. It seems so unbelievably unjust that essentially no one cares enough to ensure, at the very least, that jobs are rotated and toxic chemicals are not used, to try to keep workers healthy. But his interactions moved me in another way as many of the workers were resilient and optimistic. The magic of having a worker who created iPads, see one for the first time ever, was a particularly moving, yet tragic sentiment.