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Taking a bite out of Apple

posted by Karen McKevitt on Fri, Feb 18, 2011
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Have you seen the cover of Wired's March 2011 issue? Check it out:

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Thanks to Cult of Mac for posting it.

Yep, it looks like the media finally caught up with the story -- at least, in a more substantial way. On Monday, Huffington Post reported on Apple's 2011 supplier reports, which revealed (shock!) "child workers, bribes, unsafe conditions," and quoted COO Tim Cook as commending Foxconn for, among other suicide prevention tactics, "even attaching large nets to factory buildings." Mike Daisey already pointed out in his show that anyone who goes to the length of throwing themselves off a building will probably climb out of the net. Mike, too, has seen the nets.

And the San Jose Mercury News published this AP article on Wednesday detailing the reports' findings and Apple's response.

It's interesting -- even, as Mike might say, "awkward" -- that these articles are surfacing the week that Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley gurus are meeting with President Obama to discuss "how to innovate," and a week before the Apple shareholders meeting, which is scheduled for February 23 -- not to mention Steve Jobs' birthday, which is February 24.

Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs plays for one more week, Tuesday, February 22 to Sunday, February 27.

 

 

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