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Jon Stewart and Siri Debate Foxconn

Stories about Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing giant that churns out products for Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and just about everyone else, aren’t new. But there’s been a burst of them in the past few days, spurred in part by news — the company just settled a pay dispute with laborers — and also because of a new “This American Life” piece that reminded the chattering classes about where their favorite gadgets came from.

Something seems to have resonated with Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” writers, who weighed in yesterday. Note that almost all of the footage they use in this one seems to come from a June 1, 2010, CNN report:


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”