the dark side of apple

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Blog: The Dark Side of Apple Source: An article in The New York Times recently caught my attention by shedding a new light on a company I had only ever thought of as ethical, innovative, and ingenious. I chose to delve further into this article because while reading it I was brought back to many concepts discussed so far in regards to organizational structure and communication. Aside from the blatant disconnect between top CEOs and workers, there is an issue here that is also important to look at: the concept of partiality. In addition, this article made me think about the companies and products I consume and stressed the importance of knowing the background of where these items come from and how they are produced. Apple is very partial in what they present, and what they don't, to the public. They must have one of the best public relations teams, because all we hear about Apple is the positives: from creative commercials about the innovation of the company, new products and features, and how they have moved the world into a digital age. They have not, however, talked about the human cost that comes with it. This article addressed a new side of Apple, one often not displayed by the company itself. The topic was Apple’s treatment of their workers in their factories, and the deadly consequences these poor conditions have had over the past few years. The article revealed many disturbing issues regarding workers in Apple’s Chinese factories. Li Mingqi, a former factory manager at Foxconn Tect in China, called the company “uncaring about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost,” Mingqi was present during two factory explosions that took place last year: two blasts that could have been prevented if Apple took proper precautions. “Workers’ welfare has nothing to do with their [Apple’s] interests,” said Mingqi. Apple, however, denied ever knowing that such dangers existed in their factories, while also emphasizing the benefits that the factories bring to its workers including a steady pay and providing employment. What I found most interesting about this article, aside from the horror stories told from select factory workers, was Apple’s response to it. In an interview with the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs said responded to a question regarding the working conditions, saying “I think Apple does one of the best jobs of any companies in our industry. I mean, you go
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course COM 339 taught by Professor Shulman during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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