Unfortunately, not all is fun and games in the world around us. A few days ago I saw this, and it seems very troubling.
I recommend clicking the link, but summary: it’s an article from the New York Times with some serious accusations against Foxconn, mostly known as the company that manufactures most (or all) of Apple’s products, but also manufactures for pretty much every big electronics company you can think of. According to the article, their factories in China were noted for violations of both Chinese labor law and what I’d say is basic human decency, including severe safety hazards that caused many injuries and several deaths, demands for ridiculus overtime, underage workers, and more.
The problem is, I’m not much of an expert. Does anyone know if this really is as big a cause for concern as it seems to me, and if the companies have some reasonable response (I couldn’t find any)?
Otherwise, does anyone know if there are any companies committed to getting their products from ethical manufacturers? Wikipedia lists pretty much everyone you can think of as working with Foxconn, including Samsung (who made my phone), HP (who made my computer), Intel (who made my computer’s processor), and Sony (who made my e-book reader). On the other hand, the group that wrote the original report (linked to from the NYT article) seems to target Apple specifically (and not only for Foxconn), and even seems to be working a little with HP. So I’m not sure what to do.
Either way, if I’ll want to buy any electronics soon, I’ll have some serious research to do first.
(Hat tip to The Daily Show, who first brought the issue to my attention)
 Which I already try not to do much for ecological and anti-consumerist reasons. At some point I’ll need to start seriously looking into where the original materials for those things come from, and how they are eventually discarded. I hope I won’t find a big problem.
 And I wish they would do more stuff like that instead of endless coverage of the mudslinging between various election candidates. I’m sure that even if I were American, I would have no interest in that.