Feb 082012

Change.org and SumOfUs.org are combining their angst to deliver petitions to Apple Stores across the world. According to the site, 250,000 people have registered their concerns about the conditions under which their iPhones are being made. Because nothing communicates extreme discontent like scrawling your name on a piece of paper. From SumOfUs.org’s press release:

“Apple’s attention to detail is famous, and the only way they could fail to be aware of dozens of worker deaths, of child labor, of exposure to neurotoxins is through willful ignorance.”

Dozens eh? I recall seeing that four people died making iPads in the Times article, but I guess if you want to pin every Foxconn suicide on Apple, by all means do so. You’re not going to make a difference in the world without a little hyperbole. What exactly should Apple do?

…sign the petition to Apple telling them to make the iPhone 5 ethically.

Ethically. Pay workers more? I kinda think Apple would be all for it. How about the rest of the dozens of manufacturers that use facilities like Foxconn? Should they kick in too?

Apple is the richest company in the world, posting a profit margin for the last quarter of 42.4% yesterday.

So Apple should pay…wait – how does that translate into what Apple should do on behalf of the entire consumer electronics industry?

They’re sitting on $100 billion in the bank.

Upon reflection, this cause is beyond petty details like “fairness in implementation” or “shared responsibility”. That’s why Philip McCracken has just joined the rest of his fellow citizens in answering SumOfUs’s call to arms against teh ebil Apple.

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