James Fallow’s article on the huge scale of China’s economy was especially enlightening in its discussion of Foxconn works in the Guangdong province. Within anthropology and political science courses, I have heard of and even read about Foxconn in the past, and it seems to be one of the most famous examples of mass production and exploited workers. What I have to admit though, is that despite my knowledge of Foxconn and its practices, I still find myself owning an Iphone, a macbook, and an ipod- and i’m not the only one. Sure, the average consumer is not aware of Foxconn and its practices, but most people are at least aware of our consuming relationship with china and the fact that Chinese workers have to work in less than favorable conditions for long hours in order to make our cheap goods. Unfortunately, just knowing about these unfair working conditions isn’t enough to make people work towards a change. We spoke last week about the importance of human agency, and that people’s choices play a large role in how the world is shaped. As long as we remain this distant from the people who make our things, we will not be motivated to change their working conditions. This isn’t to say that I don’t care about the people at Foxconn, but rather to point out that distance really can make a difference when consumers consider the pros and cons of their purchases. It will be interesting to see how increased globalization and interconnectedness of people ends up effecting worker’s rights in the future. At the moment, we certainly have some room for improvement.