The first thing that struck me while listening to this blog was the structure of the factories. The enormity of the buildings, the armed guards, the large lawns that no one used, and the immense lobbies filled with a single desk. All of these aspects are purposely created to impose a sense of powerlessness on those who enter. The whole system in place depends on workers being completely submissive to the authorities. The floor bosses watching over the line workers, and the cameras watching over both of them seems reminiscent of an Orwellian dystopia.
The affect of this display of power on the workers is obvious and dramatic. No one speaks. Everyone works for sixty real minutes despite exposing themselves to hazardous material and physical decay due to repetition. Some laborers work more hours in a day than their age in years despite the obvious illegalities involved. The prominence of suicide as a routine occurrence only adds to the belief that the authority is in complete control. The response by the company to put suicide nets in place is an unthinkably insincere attempt at a solution to the real problems going on within the walls.
Although I have heard rumors of some of these horrors occurring on a daily basis in these enormous sweatshops, the real stories of laborers facing these conditions every day is incredibly moving. The author’s chilling account of his first hand experiences in the country really struck a chord within my own morality. It is shocking that Apple and other companies cannot or will not protect the people creating their products because it is too expensive, or because they simply don’t care.