Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory

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.


4 thoughts on “Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory

  1. Orwellian dystopia. Nice.

    Now, co comment on others’!

    You’ll see as we dig into this that the effect of fiction and narrative is essential to how we see Apple and hear Daisey’s story.

  2. It definitely is shocking that companies like Apple seem to not care about the issues occuring overseas in the manufacturing process of their products. I’ve also heard rumors about what these conditions are like, but Mr. Daisey’s story was such an eye opener. We think we know what’s going on behind the curtain, but many of us don’t seem to care enough to really uncover the details. The biggest shocker for me was when he reported on a man who died after working a 34 hour straight shift. Can you even imagine working under those kinds of conditions? I too agree that the suicide nets were a pathetic attempt to fix a problem.

  3. I like how you brought up the sense of powerlessness that all employees who work in these sterile, prison-like factories experience. For me, the ultimate proof of the power that this system had over it’s employees was how the workers didn’t even know what they would change if they could. They feel so trapped and worthless that they do not even have the imagination to dream of how things could be better.

  4. It is funny to think how Aplly to consumers is so “user friendly” where we go into the stores and are easily helped and answered, but in these factories no one speaks to one another and their is this ever present feeling of being trapped. What a difference marketing and appearance can make to make you believe Apple is a clean and friendly company.

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