Jan 222020

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  4 Responses to “Blog Post for 1/21”

  1. Forced child labor is something that I think many of us choose not to think about since we don’t see it every day. We choose to shed a blind eye with an out of sight out of mind attitude. Is this how most wealthy countries live? Unfortunately we have so much power in the United States that somehow, someone decided this was a viable option just to have the latest technology. Because we are so used to get our materials this way such as smart-phones or gaming systems, it would be hard to eradicate the process. I think many countries that use this means of production rely on it heavily for their economy and would make the country drastically poorer if laws banning this behavior were enacted. It is an unfortunate circumstance that many of us choose to overlook because there doesn’t seem much we can do about it personally. I am glad you brought up this example of technology acquisition for wealthy countries because it makes us think about the price we are willing to pay for seemingly little things. Do we really need so many options for phones that we have the ability to get a new one every year? I’d think not, but nonetheless that system is ingrained into us in the West.

  2. The child labor and dangerous working conditions in the Congo are very unfortunate for many reasons. The Congo’s economy fully depends on mining as it contains over half of the world’s supply of Cobalt. Families also depend on the work of their children and the $9 a child makes a day is far more than other jobs pay in the country. I was personally unaware of the devastating child labor that went into making batteries for huge companies such as Apple and Samsung. I agree with Haley; we don’t really see this epidemic in our country so we don’t really think about it. And when we hear about it, we’re happy it doesn’t happen in America like in other countries. However, I hope this article sheds light on child labor because Congo children are making batteries for phones and cars almost everyone around the world owns. I know that whenever I pick up my phone, I’m going to be thinking about the inhumane work that went into powering it. Do we really need to produce new phones at such a high rate? I hope that more companies join Sony and HP in agreeing to eliminate child labor to make their products.

  3. Hi Bert,
    Here some comments about your work:

    Your blogpost comments on a specific quote in Sayers’s text that refers to working conditions in the Congo and that you have used to investigate further and make a commentary. You have developed important ideas and complemented them with research. The tone of your blogpost feels authentic, however a general proof-read of the blog post before publishing is a good practice to avoid spelling or grammar mistakes. The Forbes magazine article you have used, while it is informative about the topic, is not an example of a media object that illustrates the concepts you are developing.

  4. Hello Madison and Haley,
    Your responses to Bert are in general agreement with his main ideas, and both of you added individual reflections on the topic of extractive labor for technology production. It is interesting that you are realising the connotations of living in the United States in relation to countries with less opportunities. For the future, use the blog post response as a space to extend ideas beyond agreement or disagreement. That is, ask further questions that can mobilize the conversation into new directions, find new examples or connect the ideas to another reading that we have studied in the course.

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