Originally Posted by matty0610
While true. There are something we can't help but support indirectly. It is near impossible to find a modern day computer that foxconn has not played a role in. And in a society where we are dependent on computers as oppose to the past, It makes it hard not to purchase a product that they are involved in. But Apple does have control over what direct MFGs it goes to.
Now I'm not saying Apple is the only one to blame. But they are one of the biggest player if not the biggest in the tech industry right now. Their choices can and will affect the industry. Look at firewire. Of course its not as big now as it was before but they got that to be a standard on platforms they don't even support. They are one of the main forces behind HTML5 and the movement away from flash.
It's no different than a celebrity. Because they are famous, they are held to a higher standard. Now if that's fair or not can be argued. When a celebrity does something (drugs, sex tapes, etc) it is big news even though they are no where near the first and no where near the last to do so.
I understand what you're saying, and I agree that it's because of Apple's dominance in brand recognition, however, that's not an excuse for mob-mentality. The whole Anti-Apple mentality on this site (and others) only stifles legitimate, logical discussion. Believe me, I don't think Apple is better than anyone else that uses Foxconn, nor am I defending Apple's use of Foxconn.
I'm just saying, to thrust all of the anger about Foxconn solely at Apple is childish.
Never the less, you have raised some very valid points and for that I appreciate someone who can look past the all of the hate and rationalize the real problem.