Jan 222020
 

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  3 Responses to “Amazon Workhouse Conditions”

  1. This is a huge problem that is hardly ever addressed by both the investors as well as the consumers. (At least by the people that I know and interact with.) Mentioning the Amazon corporation made me think of a smaller company I use frequently, Wish. The draw to Wish is that you can find items from Amazon or elsewhere for a slash of the price. While this is appealing, the quality of the work is usually poor or the material is not the same as the photos posted. After reading, “I Don’t Know All the Circuitry,” I thought more about the how behind the products I was receiving. More than likely, these people; similar to Amazon’s, are being pushed to perform perfection in stressful environments with harsh time constraints.

    After analyzing your examples taken from Ghosh, S, and comparing it to my own personal experience I realized that I had not truly stopped to think about where my phone or any other product was made. When I order items online, I have not searched to find local or humane companies to buy from. Instead I have searched until I found the cheapest item I could at the best quality.

    Why do we not see more about these problems in the news to inform the public? I understand budgets and demand are why many investors do these things, but if the conditions are inhumane wouldn’t more workers speak up about the issues?

    • Hi Ali,
      Your response to Sara’s blog post extends the conversation about working conditions in technology firms by comparing the business of Amazon to other small companies and the similarities in the way they treat their workers. It is great that you included your personal experience and even replied to the questions posed by Sara. You also extended the conversation by introducing the tradeoff between socially fair practices and the search for cheap prices. You close the blog post with provocative questions regarding worker’s own opinions on this topic, which hopefully is extended by your peers. Be thoughtful of the way you begin your contributions. In this case, there is no contextualization of your response. You begin with “This is a huge problem…” without making clear which problem you are referring to.

  2. Hi Sara,
    Here are some thoughts about your blog post:

    Your contribution offers thoughtful provocations about the quality of working conditions for technology workers. It is interesting that you focused your comments on the U.S. and the U.K. contexts as your site of analysis. It is fine to use news media as your example, however, the readers of your blog post do not get to see the wording used in the news article or any other details. In the future, make sure the media example is incorporated in your post, for example, with a screenshot. Remember to work on the citations. In the “Works cited” section you should include all the works used in your blog post. In this case you did not cite the work of Sayers. In addition, the citation for the news article doesn’t provide all the information to find it. If you are using an online article you can include a link to the source too.

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