I only have one Apple made product. An iPod. Like a lot of other Apple products it was made in a Chinese factory owned by the Taiwanese conglomerate Foxconn. Foxconn has been accused of various less than adequate workplace safety procedures, with the latest incident involving 250 workers being exposed to pesticides in one of their Indian factories.
And there have been the well publicized problems with the new Foxconn made Apple iPhone 4.
Last week, Prof. Heidi Campbell of Texas A&M University, claimed in a research paper, and to Fox News, that:
The religious-like behavior and language surrounding Apple devotion/fandom is an example of ‘implicit religion’
and among other things, that:
Apple’s creation story epitomizes the humble garage origin of its technology — not unlike the humble manger of Jesus’ birth.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is perceived as a messianic leader who was fired but rose again to save the company.
Apple has traditionally had an evil archenemy, the Devil, as represented first by Microsoft and now by Google.
Steve Jobs’s exasperation at media coverage of the iPhone 4’s ‘perceived’ problems, and trying to claim that BlackBerry and Nokia phones also had the same problem (denied by BlackBerry owner RIM), along with other problems such as those at Foxconn, shows that if he is a claimed Messiah, he clearly has flaws and is only human.