After the third “viewing” of Mike Daisey’s account of the FoxConn factories, and the blog and class discussions on the subject, I’m still having trouble on making up my mind on how I feel about everything. I feel like I see all sides of the stories: Daisey’s, Ira Glass’, the workers in the factory. Upon my first interaction with the story, I felt horrible about the working conditions for the factory workers. After listening to the Ira Glass podcast, I was mad at Daisey. I felt like he betrayed me by lying to me to make me care about his cause of informing the public on the FoxConn factory conditions. However, then I realized that by lying, he made me and the public care. Daisey’s lying resulted in a positive outcome, so should I stay so mad at him? Professor Zhu’s speech during the play added another argument to consider when discussing this topic. I found the fact that Professor Zhu didn’t find Daisey’s speech to be “the real issue,” but that other countries don’t understand how to evaluate life in China. Professor Zhu does not seem to think that the long hours of work and low pay are as big of issues as we do, because there are thousands of unemployed workers trying to get those jobs. I found the fact that Professor Zhu blamed globalization to be a very interesting take on the topic. I had not considered this stance before, because I was originally concerned about how Foxconn could get away with having those types of working conditions, and then debating whether or not Daisey lied during his story. Professor Zhu spoke about both the positives and negatives that result from globalization. I had never really thought to blame anybody other than Apple and Foxconn for the working conditions. We talked about how it would be unrealistic for workers to rise up against the company, because they need to work to survive. Now after listening to Professor Zhu’s speech, I wonder how miserable the workers really our. I don’t believe at all that the workers enjoy their work, and are very unhappy with the conditions, but perhaps they are not as upset about it as our class is. Professor Zhu spoke multiple times about how outside countries don’t understand Chinese values, and that we should not be so quick to make assumptions about the Chinese lifestyle. I think a way to get a more accurate understanding on how the Foxconn workers feel would be to have a journalist live amongst the workers and observe their everyday life for an extended period of time. This way, the journalist will be able to get a better understanding about the working conditions, how the workers feel about the conditions, and how the conditions effect the lives of the workers.