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“The story does not end here…”

This was originally written here.

I have edited a few sentences to reflect changes.

SPRING 2012

Almost no one calls me in my office.  90% of the calls are my wife or a textbooks ales representative (poor souls- they are ever-optimistic.).

So, when the phone rang two weeks ago, I answered it very informally.  “Unh, hello?”

“Is this Jordi?”  I didn’t have time to realize I should have recognized the voice.  “This is Mike Daisey.”

Mike Daisey Performing

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Made in China

Ok, so I understand this is supposed to be a play for educational purposes, but it’s a play about a tech company. I mean, have consumers have become so obsessed with this company that individuals are even performing plays about its history and products? Continue reading Made in China

So Why Did We Care?

In our third time around with the Mike Daisey and Apple story, I am left with three main thoughts, being both novel and recurring.

The first, and most prominent to me, was the question that I have not been fully able to answer across all three blogs: If this wasn’t all about Apple, would we really have cared? Did Mike Daisey’s story of Foxconn, beit true or false, only catch our attention because it was about a Man and a Company so revered by us that we couldn’t dare imagine Apple as being anything but the most ethical, the most innovative, and most popular company.  But what if Mike Daisey had chosen to highlight Foxconn’s conditions under the context of Samsung, or Nokia?  Would TAL have given it airtime?  Would he have been asked to come to speak at tech/no?  The answer I tend to believe is no, Continue reading So Why Did We Care?

Globalization: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?

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? Continue reading Globalization: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing?

The Agony and Ecstacy of Globalization

Alex Lyras, a Bucknell Alumni, plays Mike Daisey.
Alex Lyras, a Bucknell Alumni, plays Mike Daisey.

Bucknell’s play brought in several different aspects of the Daisey controversy that pushed me to think deeper. Several soliloquies allowed the audience to acknowledge background information that both Daisey and Ira Glass did not focus on. It made me think; what really is important? Are the lies? Did it really matter if Daisey’s speech was art? Both questions seemed negligible. The background information focused on something different. It brought new questions to the table. The first soliloquy featured a speaker native to China who addressed the forces of globalization. Continue reading The Agony and Ecstacy of Globalization

Technology- a blessing and curse

After watching the Bucknell produced version of Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, I want to reflect on one question. This question is “does his monologue become more effective the more I listen and analyze, it or does it become repetitive allowing me to find deeper meanings?” Honestly I have not come to a solidified conclusion about this question. Continue reading Technology- a blessing and curse

Please Supply Responsibly

How are working conditions in Foxconn now? I wanted to find recent reports or articles written on the current state of working conditions in Apple supplier factories, and came across this article.  Continue reading Please Supply Responsibly

The Gap Between American Understanding and Chinese Reality

As much as I hate to admit it, I definitely have a tendency to initially overreact to a story or piece of journalism after encountering it for the first time. My experiences over the past several weeks regarding the Mike Daisey story are a prime example of that. When I first heard Mike Daisey’s original monologue on This American Life two weeks ago, I came away shocked, confused, and angry. I was ready to burn my MacBook and boycott Apple forever. Maybe it was Daisey’s tone, maybe it was because it was an assignment from a professor, but I definitely believed Daisey and reacted strongly against Apple. I did not stop to consider that parts of the story that did not seem to add up. Continue reading The Gap Between American Understanding and Chinese Reality

How we’re building the middle class in China

Image copyright: Ryan Pyle for The New York Times

Are we, the U.S. consumers, monsters for heartlessly exploiting workers in developing countries to feed our endless greed for electronics? Or are we recipients of the wonder of globalization, which is also slowly making China a better place? While I’ve touched on this issue on other blog posts, Professor Zhu’s contribution in “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” made look deeper into this issue.

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