Homo Ludditus

Less is more and nothing is good enough


Quality vs. Quality

According to “Same word. Different places? Different meanings.”, the word “quality” would typically mean:

  • “it works” — in the US
  • “it’s brand-new” — in South Korea
  • “it’s perfect: zero defects” — in Japan
  • “it gives status” — in China

It’s now easier to understand:

  • why the Americans don’t actually know what quality stands for
  • why Samsung and LG are competing with Apple (and LG even exaggerates: bending screens)
  • why Japan is decaying (there is a story in the cited article about the Japanese refusing a shipment because the shipping container was dented, although the items inside were by no means affected)
  • why in China they make clones of everything, even if the functionality doesn’t match the original

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