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74 Million iPads. 26 Suicides. Did Steve Jobs Know?

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Next time you look at your beautiful Apple computer, iPhone, or iPad, think about the fact that everything in them was made by hand, in the institutional dehumanization of Foxconn’s factory.

How To Make A Difference

And if you are moved by that, Daisey has a couple of tips on how you can make a difference:

#1 Stop upgrading your technology all the time. By doing so you’d prevent pumping money back into the electronic industry so often, which signals demand to tech companies that then rush to satisfy that demand and produce new products. On top of that, it will save you money, save the environment and lessen the human costs to make these techonologies.

#2 Email Apple CEO Tim Cook and tell him how you feel. His email address is tcook@apple.com. But Daisey asks that you please don’t abuse this email address.

 

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12:53AM PDT on May 21, 2012

People need to know what they are buying into, thanks! People can live without iphones.

12:50PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Of course he did ..

10:11PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Thank you. Sorry not to've been aware of this terrible abuse until i heard the story on THIS AMERICAN LIFE! However, i'm acting on the problem now & working to make my family & friends aware.

7:58AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Yes. We all need to boycott Apple products.....when iPhone contracts expire, switch to another company. This Mac / Apple use is a cult and it's like "I save money at Walmart"....ignoring how big business abuses people - if our government won't punish them, the only way we can do it is NOT to buy their products - INCLUDING the iPhone. Was in Apple Store last week and saw two tour buses of Chinese students (with backpacks) --- over 200 cordoned off in the mall halls by police....waiting in line to buy IPhone 4S so they can give it to scalpers who paid them a meal for the day and they are shipping them back to China to sell to the elite Chinese who abuse their people too to make them!!!!! Do we really want or need this piece of crap technology SOOOOO bad that we can turn our backs on what it truly represents???

12:11AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Most companies may know about it but because profits are GOD ignore the human cost of the fancy houses, trips and the power they get on the backs of other humans. And they're trying to make our jobs here in the US just like the conditions in China because "we can't compete with all the regulations (ie safety) and living wages This is why the Unions are being stamped out. I remember what it was like before Unions.

3:40AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

I believe he knew. I believe he was a visionary but not a saint. I live in China and here is what I see, you want a $1 toy made for .25 no problem. You want a $1 toy made for .75, no problem. We the consumer need to be more savvy on our impact on the rest of the world. We need to stop blaming China and blame ourselves for not being more aware and hold those who produce things aware also.

Part of the ethos of Apple is to be in love w/ the product, they are very good at this. The loyalty, they don't play with others, only special friends. When Steve passed "I" devotees were talking about him like they were personal friends. News flash, they like others are a business.

Please watch the Story of Stuff to get an idea how all this works and make your purchases more carefully. We have entered a global economy, we cannot stop it. We have political negotiations that depend on it but we can become more aware and make better decisions in our every day lives.

Those who think bad worker conditions only exist outside the US need to become a bit more aware of their own back yards. Tranparency and the truth are not pretty but we cannot solve problems when we refuse to look at them.

7:26PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

http://exponentials.webs.com/index.htm -contains one solution to poverty and human abuse and exploitation

4:37PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

cont... responsibility to their 'before tax' profit margins. The world is changed by 'dreamers'; so dream on and act on the dream. Seeing things change because of our individual efforts will make us feel even better than a 'feel good' movie, and the feeling will last!

4:31PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

This is a global problem which requires global solutions. Such as a global 'Bill of Rights' that ensures all people everywhere enjoy the same rights to freedom of choice as we have in the 'developed' world, including a minimum working wage (i.e. enough to enable them to feed, clothe, house and educate themselves and their families) relative to each country. It also requires a remodelled free market system that builds fiscal and social responsibility into their profit margins.

These things are possible, all they require to come into being is the will of people and governments everywhere, and this is one great thing that has come out of technology; social networking. It can and is being used for the greater good; we just need to crank it up a notch or two and demand our governments start working for the people who vote for them, not just the big corporations, and reflect their wishes in the policies they put forward.

It doesn't take a genius to understand that poverty and suppression do not provide an environment conducive to world stability and happiness. As the GFC demonstrated, even the rich and famous are not immune to the consequences of runaway greed, and when governments stop bailing out the financial institutions that created the problem, maybe they will learn their lessons.

So get on FaceBook, Twitter, etc., people and start lobbying our governments for a fair go for all people everywhere; make it profitable for corporations to include fiscal and social resp

4:17PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

I think the problem is China...not Steve Jobs.

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