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Globalization: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?

After the third “viewing” of Mike Daisey’s account of the FoxConn factories, and the blog and class discussions on the subject, I’m still having trouble on making up my mind on how I feel about everything. I feel like I see all sides of the stories: Daisey’s, Ira Glass’, the workers in the factory. Upon my first interaction with the story, I felt horrible about the working conditions for the factory workers. After listening to the Ira Glass podcast, I was mad at Daisey. I felt like he betrayed me by lying to me to make me care about his cause of informing the public on the FoxConn factory conditions. However, then I realized that by lying, he made me and the public care. Daisey’s lying resulted in a positive outcome, so should I stay so mad at him? Continue reading Globalization: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?

“Lying” for the Greater Good

While listening to the podcast, I couldn’t help but sympathize with Ira Glass. If I were in his situation I would felt like I were lied to. He is trying to share what he considers is a news story with his audience, a story that was his most downloaded of all time, and it turns out major parts were fabricated. I think

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Pay No Attention to Those Children Behind the Fences

After listening to this podcast I can’t really say that I’m too surprised about what Mike Daisey had discovered about the working environments of technology companies. In past classes I’d read or watched videos about what it’s like to work in a sweatshop for a company like Nike, but this is my first time learning about a technology company. I was also unfamiliar with the company FoxConn that he investigated.

The part of the podcast the stood out to me the most was easily the working conditions of the factories, and the mental and physical harm inflicted upon the workers that work at one of these factories. In my opinion, the most horrifying discovery was how the factories would have nets to catch people that attempted to commit suicide while at work, because they couldn’t stand to live any longer while working for FoxConn. The fact that the company decided to put up nets, instead of taking a step back and actually witnessing the harm being caused and trying to change it for the sake of the workers is mind boggling.

The next part of the podcast that really stood out to me was when one of the workers was shown an iPad for the first time. I was very surprised that while working in the factory, this worker had never seen or interacted with an operational iPad before. When the worker described the iPad as “magic” I couldn’t help but feel like the worker, despite all the hardships he had to work with, still felt pride at what he helped create.

The last part of the podcast that I found the most interesting was when the topic of whether or not the workers had mental problems, and that was the reason for their continued work at the factories. I sided with Daisey in believing that the workers are not mentally handicapped. This discussion made me wonder about how Americans would deal with their lives if they had to live and work like the FoxConn workers.