Mike Daisey lied his tits off in public radio program This American Life. He basically made up a lot of stuff about Foxconn. TAL had to retract the whole thing, but Mike says his lies were all for a good cause:
This American Life has retracted its episode about working conditions at Foxconn. Apple challenged the veracity of the reporting in the piece when if first ran in January, and in an episode set to air later today, the radio show will confirm that Mike Daisey made up some of the most shocking facts in his story.
Week after week we hear Foxconn horror stories, but Apple's gadget metropolis is just one place inside an enormous country. Detractors say it's inhumane; defenders say it's way above the norm. But what does "bad" really mean inside a Chinese factory? Let's put Foxconn in context.
ABC News' Nightline program delivered what they claimed would be an unprecedented look inside the Foxconntroversy: its TV crew would have unfettered access to facilities and people. So what did it expose?
When was the last time you got a 25% raise out of nowhere? Probably not recently! Then again, you probably haven't been labouring for half a day at a time in a Chinese iPad factory under allegedly godawful work conditions.
Internships suck, whether you're in New York, LA, DC, or wherever. You do menial work for token payment (or none), all in the name of experience. At Foxconn, it's about the same—but you great free housing and more money.
Tim Cook led off his appearance at a Goldman Sachs conference today with a stirring defense of his company's efforts to curb unsafe and unfair labor conditions in its supply chain. According to Cook, Apple's not just good at keeping its suppliers in line; it's the best. But is "better" good enough?
After enduring weeks of criticism over the working conditions at the Chinese factories that make its products, Apple has asked the Fair Labor Association to look into the matter. The FLA will audits the plants where 90% of Apple products are assembled, including the embattled Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.
There was supposed to be a protest at Apple's monstrous architectural annex in New York's Grand Central Station today. If you weren't looking for it, you'd would've only seen the usual commuter hell. But the protestors showed up. Four of them.
Foxconn has more to worry about. As well as struggling to deal with allegations of exploitative working conditions in its factories, it's now had the bad fortune of being hacked, having login and password information spread across the web.
Since it came to light how bad working conditions are in Chinese factories that make iPhones and iPads, many have muttered about boycotting Apple. If that's you, you should join a globally coordinated protest against it, which is happening today. But do you care enough?
"Mrs. Chen," as CNN calls her, works in a Foxconn plant installing iPad screens for virtually every waking hour of her life. Despite this, she never actually saw an iPad until CNN whisked her away. Her reaction will surprise you.
The New York Times teamed up with a Chinese magazine to see how the Chinese feel about Foxconn, Apple, and the how their factory workers are treated. The results might not surprise you, but they will remind you that there's more cost to your iPad than what's on the price tag.
Terry Gou is the chairman of Hon Hai Precision, the owners of Foxconn. He's also an insensitive dipstick. At the company year-end party at Taipei Zoo he said: "I have a headache how to manage one million animals." HILARIOUS!