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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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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?

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

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

Don’t Bite the Apple: A fictional piece

I noticed striking similarities between the events that were portrayed in the Bucknell Forum version of “The Agony and Exctasy of Steve Jobs” and the plot of George Orwell’s “1984”. In the beginning of the show, Apple’s famous 1984 commercial is shown with the catchphrase “…you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984”.” Did Apple uphold that promise? The people marching in the background of the ad in aligned, controlled unison seemed strangely similar to the FOXCONN employees’ strict working conditions. As the play within the play continued on I began imagining a story within a story; that is, the reality of technology firms today within the confines of the story that far too often conceals the truth. The comparisons and generalizations I am going to make may not be entirely true, but it is not my goal to declare any truths, but rather to arouse questions (much like the ending of the Bucknell Forums’ play) or “Think Different”. Continue reading Don’t Bite the Apple: A fictional piece

@MikeDaisey

As I began searching the Internet to find out what Mike Daisey has been up to these days, I found myself on his Twitter account. On his Twitter profile, I learned that he has been preparing to release a new book, Here at the End of Empire, sometime during the 2015 year. Continue reading @MikeDaisey