Week after week we hear Foxconn horror stories, but Apple's gadget metropolis is just one place inside an enormous country. Detractors say it's inhumane; defenders say it's way above the norm. But what does "bad" really mean inside a Chinese factory? Let's put Foxconn in context.
The latest appraisal of Foxconn comes from ABC's Nightline. But a heavily supervised, made-for-TV tour belies the full picture. In fact, at such a brisk television pace, you might think the whole operation looks pretty decent. But decent compared to what? Foxconn's not in a vacuum—it's one symptom of an unwell working nation.