Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 2, 2017

The High Cost of Gadgetry

Filed under: computers,Counterpunch,Film,health and fitness — louisproyect @ 3:04 pm

Two new documentaries will make you look differently at your electronic gadgets, especially the cool iPhone or other products from Apple whose logo might be changed to a skull-and-crossbones after seeing “Death by Design” and “Complicit”. They examine the damage done to both the workers who produce them and the environment, especially in China, as well as raise important questions about the meaning of “progress”. If being able to use an iPhone to pay for your Starbucks coffee comes at the expense of a leukemia epidemic for Foxconn workers and making 60 percent of China’s groundwater unsuitable for drinking, then the whole question of progress has to be thought through.

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1 Comment »

  1. Excellent and compelling article. One correction. David Harvey is a geographer. The discipline gets little respect but has a strong but short (since 1969) Marxist tradition.

    Comment by MarxistB — June 2, 2017 @ 10:09 pm


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