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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Will the desire for the latest technology ever subside?

Wired featured an article this month touching on the topic of exposing the truth behind the working conditions of factories in China that produce electronics such as iphones. The article talked about how the jobs can be repetitive and boring but how people line up just to land these jobs. The workers live in dorms similar to a college where they share communal bathrooms and living areas.

While the article was titled "1 million works, 90 million iphones and 17 suicides, who's the blame?" I feel like there really isn't a certain factory or situation to
"blame" for the suicides. It definitely made me feel bad for the families of those who committed suicide but China's growth will eventually surpass that of the U.S. and our needs. So, is it America's "fault" for desiring the latest and greatest gadgets? I think people are naturally hungry for innovation.

Currently, China may be manufacturing goods to cater the needs of the U.S. but the growth of emerging markets will evolve and everything will eventually change.

Wired Article

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