Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.


The iEconomy

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend The New York Times’ new series about the economics of Apple’s supply chain and working conditions at the Chinese plants that manufacture Apple products. Stories so far:

  • How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work” (Jan. 21, 2012)
    Building Apple’s iPhone in the United States would demand much more than hiring Americans — it would require transforming the national and global economies.
  • Video: “The iPhone Economy” (Jan. 20, 2012)
    Apple’s iPhone is a model of American ingenuity, but most of its components are manufactured somewhere else. The decline of manufacturing can lead to the loss of other kinds of jobs, a factor in the American economy right now.
  • In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad” (Jan. 25, 2012)
    A staggering manufacturing system in China has made it possible for Apple and other companies to make devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up, but for workers, it can be dangerous.