Mike Daisey is right about not being a journalist, but that doesn't mean he's not influential.
When his tale about working conditions in Chinese consumer electronics factories exploded onto the headlines it raised awareness about the human effect of the products we buy every day. Despite the exaggerations and fabrications in Daisey's version of the narrative, the reality is that China has a manufacturing advantage over the United States because of generally poor working conditions and low pay.
The flexibility and responsiveness that Apple likes to tout from its Chinese suppliers comes from having tens of thousands of workers living in crowded dorms adjacent to the factory that can be pulled in day or night and put to work. That sort of behavior would never be tolerated here and should not be tolerated in China. Cranking up production of a new phone or tablet is simply not so important that humans need to be abused in this way.
The blowback against Daisey's actions may well inoculate companies like Apple, HP and Dell as well as suppliers like Foxconn so that people ignore the problem that is all too real.
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Mike Daisey "undermined the cause he purported to advance. That's the real scandal."
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