kurt_w wrote:Not trying to be pushy, I'm just wondering what realistic avenues are open to fix this problem, if you think it's a problem in need of fixing.
I'm really only commenting. I unapologetically just don't care enough about humans, in general, to even fathom what the answers would be to a world of undesirable labor practices. Maybe the people in those factories don't even have a problem with a 3 AM biscuit and a kick in the ass. If I was suddenly wealthy and could spend my time trying to make the world better, I would be much more likely to try to help animals.
I think it's completely true that the iphone factory controversies get little attention (comparatively) because people are so in love with the product. If it was a factory making Hummers these same people would be foaming at the mouth. I guess I just like to point out the hypocrisy.
I really am not anti-technology but I make no secret of my loathing of the smart phone phenom. Folks I know are literally different people because of it. Rude, oblivious people. Had breakfast recently and got to listen to another diner's ten minute bitch-out session with his service provider, at a volume that would have probably bothered his neighbors had he been in his living room. Later watched a different guy pay for his meal, yapping into his phone right in the woman's face through the whole transaction as if he was using an ATM.
I know I'm painting with a big brush here but it's the biggest change in public behavior that I've seen in my lifetime and the majority of it that I'm literally seeing, is eye-roll inducing at best and downright shitty and dangerous (driving) at worst.