I came across this piece in the New York Times this weekend, via a friend’s blog, and I just don’t even know what to do with it.
Who isn’t in love with every new Apple product?
Who hasn’t heard Steve Jobs being praised as one the greatest men of our time?
But really…all at the cost of human life?
There is a lot here to process and think through.
Do we ever stop to think about how shiny, new, amazing, luxuries made their way into our hands?
“We’re trying really hard to make things better,” said one former Apple executive. “But most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.”
“You can either manufacture in comfortable, worker-friendly factories, or you can reinvent the product every year, and make it better and faster and cheaper, which requires factories that seem harsh by American standards,” said a current Apple executive.
“And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working conditions in China.”