The Dark Side of Apple
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
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