If you read, or watch, or hear, or somehow or other digest a lot of news, you’ll have heard a lot about the Apple factories in China. The factories…

If you read, or watch, or hear, or somehow or other digest a lot of news, you’ll have heard a lot about the Apple factories in China. The factories aren’t just for Apple, though: many electronic companies manufacture their goods in China. A lot of the news coverage on the factories focuses on the low wages and poor working conditions there. What we call overtime here is considered a normal day’s work there, and people claim that the rate at which the workers have to operate is higher than what we consider fair. In other words, it’s stressful, and for long amounts of time, and for very little money. I’m curious, though, about how many of us are bothered by this. Some people might dismiss the conditions by saying that workers only take jobs if they want them, but that doesn’t mean the jobs aren’t still terrible. Other people, I think, just choose not to think about the factories because it makes them uncomfortable to consider how they play a role in the whole system. Whatever your position, it seems like you’re always better served by knowing what’s going on, and basing an opinion on that, instead of pretending that nothing at all is happening.
– Will

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