What is truth? Lies? Who gets to decide?
Now things get complicated. You heard This American Life’s podcast focusing on Mike Daisey’s monologue-play and the issues it raises about Apple, China, worker rights, us as consumers, and globalization.
There is a reason I had you listen to that bootleg version. TAL scrubbed the podcast from its website and released “Retraction” in which they devoted a full hour to “retracting” the original podcast.
- What does it say about Mike Daisey that he made his play available for anyone to perform or modify it?
- Is Ira Glass of TAL justified in his anger? Does he over-react?
- Is art different from journalism? Which one is about “truth”
- What has Apple or Foxconn done to improve working conditions in factories?
- What do Chinese workers think? Are they free to complain or advocate for better conditions?
- Does Apple owe its customers “guilt-free”products? Is some technology, like blood diamonds mined from war-torn areas of Africa, “bloody”?
- Are ANY technology makers doing “the right thing” in the life cycle of their products? Either the making or the disposing of it?
- Was Mike Daisey an unethical liar? What, exactly, did he lie about, or not?
- What is art, journalism, or truth? Who decides?
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Original and Revised scripts (for free!) from Mike Daisey.