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(USA Today)   Bangladesh honors clothing factory dead, will be made into the newest Ralph Lauren line of "Regret" polo shirts   (usatoday.com) divider line 1
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Actually, subby, if a company involved in exploiting workers at this (or any other) factory *were* to release such a line of clothing, all they'd have to do is say it's designed to raise awareness and make sure that nobody forgets what happened and make a promise to donate a certain percentage of total sales toward some vague effort to improve building codes and add building inspectors. Not, of course, to encourage any sort of unionizing or efforts by said workers to improve their actual working conditions. They'd be lauded by the media as taking responsible ownership of the problem and "socially conscious" consumers would snap the shirts up by the boatload. In fact, a really savvy company would launch some astroturf web effort, maybe through Kickstarter, to fund the production of these shirts...they could collect most of the cost from the very people who'd buy them anyway, then "discover" the effort online and offer to be the muscle that actually brings it to fruition. There would be viral videos of college-age volunteers handing out the shirts in Bangladeshi streets, lots of hugging and smiling and people realizing that they're all one, they're all part of the same effort. It would be inspiring.
 
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