Deflated honk: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For 70 Cents An Hour

Last week, regular reader Paul sent me a link for a This American Life detailing Mike Daisey‘s research into where iPhones are made. And under what conditions. And that I should carry a load of guilt regarding my decision to load my home with Apple gear.

And if it wasn’t bad enough, now everyone who doesn’t listen to This American Life is going to know that information, because it’s making its rounds on the Internets. Business Life just published an article about it, too.

Oh the horror.

I felt guilty enough already after the TAL broadcast.

And now you have to rip off the bandaid, reopen the wound and pour lemon juice in it.

Everyone carries a bit of cognitive dissonance. I already felt bad enough contributing to the Apple Executive staff’s huge income levels, but for goodness sakes, we have to contribute to poor little 13 year olds working?

I hate that.

And who says 13 years is the youngest?

I’m not really sure what to do with the information. I justify my line of Mac computers, because I need them to do my work. Don’t I?

I guess I don’t need an iPhone or iPad, but everything plays well together, and I use my iPad with our Teleprompter to make more money.  And I use my iPhone to stay connected, and not tethered to my desk all day of every day.

What do you recommend? Do you have an opinion on trying to do your part in making the world a humanitarian friendly place? Or should we bask in the glory that our tech gear was made my children who should be out playing games, going to school, and living life?


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