Bill Maher interviewed Mike Daisey last week on Real Time, adding to the scourge of recent negative publicity surrounding the conditions at Apple supplier Foxconn. Daisey is the actor who wrote and performed the one-man show The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a musing that faces the labour issue head-on. He actually went to China and talked to workers outside the infamous Foxconn factory in Shenzhen.
That conditions at Foxconn can be controversial isn’t new, but for those who hadn’t heard a first-person account, it’s a reminder that virtually all tech companies — certainly not just Apple — are overdue for a long, hard look at how their supply chain workers are treated. [HBO]