Amusing Someone Else To Death

Jan 16, 2012

By Jamison Dance

Neil Postman said, “culture pays a price for technology,” and that “technology favors some people and harms others.” Globalization allows us to pretend this is not so. Really, we export much of the harm to other countries. In this week’s This American Life Mike Daisey describes the mammoth Foxconn factories where iPhones are carefully pieced together by hand. Tens of thousands of Chinese laborers work 14 hour days in huge industrial complexes so I can look at pictures of cats on the internet anywhere I want. The technology that allows the creation of such a small and powerful computer is amazing, but the economies of scale that make it affordable are terrifying when viewed up close.

Jamison cares about family and JavaScript programming and React Rally and Soft Skills Engineering and JavaScript Jabber and 🏋️ and 🏂 and computing and business and Fivestack and the Dunning-Kreuger effect. He is a real human bean who you can reach on twitter.