Kafka's Foxconn Plant
October 19, 2020 9:47 AM Subscribe
The 8th Wonder of the World* (*wonder not guaranteed) A long piece by Josh Dizeza at theverge.com covering the creation, confusion, and (as of current date) collapse of the massive ($4 billion) Foxconn manufacturing facility touted by Trump and then-Gov Scott Walker as the first step in building a "Silicon Valley of the Midwest", one that would revitalize manufacturing in and the economy of southern Wisconsin.
Soon, the office began to fill with people who had nothing to do. Many just sat in their cubicles watching Netflix and playing games on their phones. The reality of their situation became impossible to ignore. Multiple employees recall seeing people cry in the office. “The best is when you’re in the elevator with somebody and then they just scream out of nowhere,” said an employee who experienced this several times. “They’ve had enough, because things don’t make sense here.”
“Imagine being in a job where you don’t really know if it’s real or not. Or you know it’s not real, but you don’t know it’s not real. It’s a constant thing you’re doing in your head day after day,” said one employee, who returned to the rented building Trump had spoken at, where workers had been assembling TVs, only to find the line shut down and the lights dimmed a couple of weeks after the photo op was over. “I think all of us were on the verge of a major breakdown.”
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