After watching the Bucknell produced version of Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, I want to reflect on one question. This question is “does his monologue become more effective the more I listen and analyze, it or does it become repetitive allowing me to find deeper meanings?” Honestly I have not come to a solidified conclusion about this question.
Daisey clearly exploits the horrible conditions of the Foxconn factories, but the play brings the reality that many people are ecstatic to be working at places like this. These factories offer them the opportunity to escape poverty back home and move to the big city, where the neon lights shine the brightest. We wouldn’t understand this because of the giant social gap that we see as basic social rights, but this is a superficial analysis of the situation. The lives that we live are mediated by technology and that is something that becomes more and more clear every time I listen to Daisey’s monologue. I become more upset that I give into the trends of technology and Steve Job’s ability to force upgrades. The quote “being in love with Apple is like being in love with heartbreak itself” really stuck out to me during this play. That quote really hits the nail on the head. Not only do we face heartbreak when we hear stories like Foxconn, but also every time our phones or computers don’t function in the exact way we want them to or a new software update doesn’t quite meet our expectations. The realization I have come to from this quote is that it’s pretty pathetic that these heartbreaks (the conditions of Foxconn and flaws in our devices) are on similar levels despite the dramatic difference of severity. One thing I am sure of is that I think everyone needs to reanalyze what Daisey is communicating to us. Perhaps he is not just communicating these terrible conditions and Apple’s lack of concern, but also the sad truth that we are OBSESSED with technology. Although we are creating opportunities for the people in China by buying them, we need to re evaluate this addiction and not give technology the power. The play made me come to the realization that we often give technology the power it has. For example, by putting extra software on our computers we are only making them more powerful. In a way when we buy more Apple products we are giving the workers more power by creating the need for jobs in the factories and giving them the opportunity to be employed. So is our obsession with technology a blessing for some?
Let the obsession continue…introducing the iPhone 6
Dhiram Shah Fareastgizmos.com
I leave this post thinking Daisey communicates so many more issues then just the working conditions. Despite the fact that they violate basic social rights imagine how worse off these people would be without any jobs at all? As we continue to feed into the demand and success of Apple when will we feed into closing this social gap and supplying these workers with not just opportunity, but also the right to a socially just life?