Fruity toymaker Apple has reacted badly to a app which points out how its gizmos are built in Chinese sweatshops.
The App, called Phone Story, takes players on a tour of the darkside of iPhone manufacture. This includes the mining of blood minerals by children, toxic recycling centres in developing nations, suicide-inducing working conditions of Chinese factories.
“Phone Story is an educational game about the dark side of your favourite smart phone. Follow your phone’s journey around the world and fight the market forces in a spiral of planned obsolescence,” the site says.
The app was designed to raise cash and awareness for the victims of the Apple cargo cult.
According to the site, all of the revenues raised go directly to workers’ organisations and other non-profits that are working to stop the horrors represented in the game.
The first group to receive any cash were meant to be SACOM, the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour, a group that have been strenuously working on the Foxconn case.
We can see why Jobs’ Mob would want to repress such an app. After all it does not want to remind its fanboys what its policies do to other humans.
However Apple need not worry. Most fanboys don’t really care if a Pakistani dies of cancer because of their shiny toy addiction. Who cares if people in a Chinese factory throw themselves off buildings because life creating an iPhone so that there is a high enough mark up for Apple, is hell on toast? What does it matter that you measure the production of a product in terms of how many were killed making it?
It is the nature of the Apple cargo cult for its members to see themselves as better than everyone else because they have a technology toy. Nike suffered badly from “sweat shop” revelations. Apple fanboys continue to support the company even knowing where their products come from.