While listening to the podcast, I couldn’t help but sympathize with Ira Glass. If I were in his situation I would felt like I were lied to. He is trying to share what he considers is a news story with his audience, a story that was his most downloaded of all time, and it turns out major parts were fabricated. I think
that Mike Daisey claiming his story on his trip as art instead of journalism was an after the fact thing af
er people found out that his story had lies. Glass stuck his neck out for Daisey and ended up not getting what he was expecting.
I’ve never thought about the similarities of art and journalism until this article. I believe that they are two pretty different. I think that the main focus of journalism is to gather all the information possible, and to report that information in an unbiased manner, for an audience to make their own opinion on the subject. Art is when a artist uses what they feel is relevant to convey a feeling or make a connection with their audience. I don’t believe that art needs to be truthful, but journalism does. I think from this podcast we got a better view on what life actually is like for these FoxConn workers.
The part on how workers are essentially pressured to work overtime stuck out to me. It was a little refreshing to me that Apple has a code of conduct that companies that do business with Apple have to abide by in order to do business, even though it doesn’t look like companies always follow through. Apple’s negotiation power really stood out to me as well. It’s that sort of power that let’s them get away with harsh working conditions.