Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fanstasy v. Reality - Electronics

I recently watched an award-winning documentary called Blood in the Mobile.  (You can watch it here.)  In the film, the film maker investigates his cell phone company, Nokia, to determine whether or not his phone has conflict minerals from the Congo in it.  That is, he wants to know if his purchase funds war, rape, and child slavery.  Along the way, he encounters a 16-year-old boy who has escaped from the mines.  The boy takes the film crew back to the mine, at one point explaining that it was so difficult to get down into the mine that he would regularly spend a week at a time in the mine.  This photo doesn't do justice for the oppression that occurs so that we can have our electronic toys:

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