My relationship with my IPhone is one of the present. I have never thought about where my IPhone came from, who built my IPhone, or even that it had a life before I bought it. Come to think about it, this is the same relationship that I have with all of the products I own. I have always just associated Steve Jobs with any Apple product, never the many men and women who actually spend day after day creating these products. But why would I? Steve Jobs is the face of the company and a lot of money has been spent to make sure I, the consumer, thinks that way.
I know that a large amount of products come from China and that the working conditions in those factories are anything but regulation. However, I was still shocked to hear about the guards standing in front of the factory, nets along the edge of the buildings, and factory workers under the age of fifteen. The factory appears to have a jail-like atmosphere; the workers seem brainwashed and too young to even be in this situation. These employees are working and living in toxic environments while I, the consumer, am ambivalent to it all.
Hearing about the working conditions in these Chinese factories evokes two very different emotions. I feel both naïve and gullible. Am I naïve in thinking that this does not actually happen or am I gullible in the sense that I am believing the extreme remarks made by Mr. Daisy? Are there really no Apple products in China and would these employees really be so willing to share their struggles with a stranger? Could that man who lost his arm making an IPad still be so infatuated with the product itself? This podcast has left me with more questions than answers as well as an extreme guilt for having the products I have. I treat my IPhone as if it were a very fragile child, but in the same breath a child could be working in dangerous conditions to make my IPhone.