The radio show and New York Times article exposed a side of Apple that I had never seen before. Those that produce Apple products in these Chinese factories remind me of the similar situation in Heart of Darkness. Apple is one of the most powerful corporations in the world, and their electronics are the most valued. In Heart of Darkness, ivory is valued as highly as our modern day Apple products. The iPad article talks about how the workers in Chinese factories work in such dangerous conditions and put their health in great danger. Mike Daisey reported that the ruler of China roughly thirty years ago made a deal with corporations that they can do whatever they want to their people (the Chinese) as long as they would have a "modern China." This relates to the novel because those of technologically advanced areas came into the Congo for their economic benefit, used the natives as workers, and some attempted to modernize the area.
I also noticed that I have been somewhat ignorant when it comes to where all my "stuff" comes from. I am guilty of blocking out some of the realities in our world, sort of like Marlow's aunt. Daisey said that most of our "crap" is from a city in China that almost nobody could identify - Shenzhen. Before hearing this podcast, I had never heard of Shenzhen. It made me think about how I should be more aware of where all my good are coming from. Did the radio show or article open your eyes to anything?