Storytelling is a skill that requires the storyteller to be able to paint a vivid picture and give people a take away message from the story. I would even consider storytelling to be a kind of art because of how creative and personal it is. When people share their experiences or views they are delivered in their own personal way-some ways more effective than others. When I am with friends or family and they are telling a story I often take note of who is telling the story and what their tendencies are such as embellishment or leaving out major details. When listening to Daisey’s podcast last week I was upset by all that he unveiled about Foxconn and found all of his stories and details to seem true and valid because of the clear descriptions he provided. When learning about Daisey’s lies during his broadcast and embellishment of the conditions at Foxconn I was taken aback that he would lie about such terrible things.
Many people rely and put trust in journalist to report the truth and act as a reliable source of world issues and current events. I think that Daisey’s embellishment of the details of Foxconn was not the worst thing. Through his exaggeration he was able to draw more attention to the conditions at Foxconn. Even though Daisey fabricated the material in his broadcast I think that behind his lies there is a deeper truth that is important to take notice of. When talking about the working conditions in China I think that it is important to set a dramatic theme so the monologue really has an affect on the listeners. This ties back to my point about taking note of who is telling the story or reporting back because it may have an impact on how seriously you take the information.
Daisey justifies his lies by saying he wanted to “capture the totality of the trip” by fabricating the “facts”. In my opinion Daisey should have been honest about fabricating details about his trip by letting listeners know before hand that some of the things said are not completely true. Daisey speaks about the importance of the truth and how stories should be subordinate to the truth. Based off of his comments about lying during his broadcast I now find it very difficult to put any trust in him and his stories. I spent some time thinking about this issue on a larger scale and was imagining if all journalist and news reporters fabricated “facts”. Our world would be built off of lies and real issues could be masked by lies preventing us from addressing worldly issues such as working conditions in big factories like Foxconn. Mike Daisey not only put his own credibility at stake, but also the show that he was broadcasting on.
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What I learned from Daisey’s lies and embellishments was how in today day and age people need to be lied to in order to “care” and understand worldly issues. I think this is an important take away because it shows how disconnected we all can be. Daisey’s dramatic approach in sharing his experience was affective and eye opening, but I still think that listeners should know beforehand if all of the details are based off real occurrences.