She quickly learned the motto adopted by Foxconn line workers, which is that “they use women as men and men as machines.” This provided Zhang’s motive for the conclusion of the interview:
When asked why humans do machine-like work at Foxconn, she responds, "Well, humans are cheaper."
To some extent this reflects the outlook of the South vis-à-vis the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the North in the years leading up to the Civil War. However, in the wake of the North’s victory, it also reflects the slave-like conditions endured by those who then had to work with machines, a theme that dominated Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Sinclair’s book probably led to the rise of that joke about eating sausage without knowing how it is made. Now, however, the joke is about pretty much every piece of technology we face; and it is getting harder and harder to laugh at it (unless you are in that comfortable 1% whose only concern is return-on-investment).