The rampant mass consumerism of the west, particularly in the US, has an unintended, although not all that unexpected, consequence in a different part of the world. For examples, the people who manufacture the iPhones and other Mac devices work under difficult if not subhuman conditions. Brian Gumm writes a reflection on the similarity between the consumer-driven lust for Apple’s newest i-device and the porn industry. The “lust” has its consequences. Every economic system has a morality, implied or otherwise.
This reflection begs a question that has a larger range: given the huge disconnect between the consumer and the manufacturer, do the conditions under which these things were made even matter? iPhones and Foxconn, the McNuggets of McDonalds, the textiles from Bangladesh, the platinum from South Africa, all of these consumables have a price tag in human and animal life that is far greater, and much more inhumane, than the consumer, for the most part, realizes. In some cases the cost is way too high. Is this the way of the iPhone, too?
Read Gumm’s article yourself, here.