As I mull over the Retraction Podcast I am at a lost for words. I am extremely disappointed in Mr. Daisey not necessarily because he lied in the beginning but because of his inability to honestly come clean. Over and over I as he was speaking I was thinking in my head is Mr. Daisey five year old? Only a child would not see that the evidence clearly points to the fact that he is lying, and not admit it. It is extremely disheartening to see the result of the selfish actions of Mr. Daisey. 

Mr. Daisey had one point that I especially disagreed with and that point was that he would label his story “true”  and not “fiction”. At first I thought this was a black and white issue, I thought it was evident that if his the story was completely true then it goes in the “truth” section and if it was false it goes into the “fiction” section. The question lies where is it labeled if has some truth and some untruths in it? I think that is an understandable question but the point that matters is that all of this could have been avoided if Mr. Daisey prefaced his monologues explaining that they were not entirely true. His reason for not doing this was because he did not think that the story with have as much emotional weight unless he stretched, and exaggerated the truth. He did not believe that the American public would believe his testimony unless he did it that way. 

My question is does he really care about foreign workers who make Apple’s equipment? Or was this just a publicity stunt to get people to notice his obvious talent? I do not think any of those questions can be easily answered or sought out. What I do think is Mr. Daisey made an unwise decision and took advantage of many peoples genuine desire to hear the truth. For that reason I find it hard from any angle to justify his actions. 




6 responses »

  1. laf024 says:

    Good points. In response to your second question- how do you label something that has some truths and some fictions- I would label it as fiction “based on a true story” or “based on truth”. It’s like in the movies, “based on a true story” means there is truth in the movie but there is also pure acting and script writing to make it entertaining. Take The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, both of those movies are great sports movies that are based on a true story, but clearly some of the events were exaggerated and maybe even made up. Overall, they told a true event. The same goes for Mr. Daisy’s monologue. There are some truths that were exaggerated and even made up, but it was all for the purpose of awareness and entertainment. After hearing the “Retraction”, I now think of Daisy’s monologue as a movie.

  2. wmw014 says:

    I felt the same way about Mike Daisy’s inability to come clean. Like you, I thought it was unbelievable that he refused to fully admit that he lied to his audience. Consequently, from his reaction, I wondered if he really believed what he was saying or if was simply dodging the questions because he was too frightened to answer them truthfully. In reference to the questions you pose in your last paragraph I think that Mike Daisy does care for Apple’s workers, but at the same time I think he overly exagerated his monologue in order to get people to realize his talent.

    • lwt003 says:

      I agree with your opinion that Mike Daisey does care about Foxconn workers. I fully believe that he went into it with at least some good intentions. But I also feel like he went into it with some bad intentions. As you said he wanted to get people to realize his talent, but also I think he went out of his way to hurt the reputation of Apple. Perhaps he knew that if he stood against the “special” tech giant, his story would be more widely heard. The public already holds some distrust for corporations, so he probably knew that people would give him the benefit of the doubt.

  3. ajc028 says:

    I’m not sure I agree with your classification of his work be false. In its essence, the stories probably are true. When I was listening to their critiques of his monologue it was that the stories didn’t come from his experiences, not that the ideas behind the stories were true. There is no doubt in my mind that the stories Mike Daisey addressed did probably happen somewhere, at some point. I’ve heard many stories of underaged workers, and people being crammed into dorm rooms. In this sense, I would label is story as true. I think this is why it bothered me so much that Mike Daisey claimed those stories as his own. By presenting them in that way, and being caught in his lies, he has now convinced many people that the facts are not true, which is a disservice to those people who actually have those experiences. The facts are true. Their presenter is not.

  4. Jordi says:

    Your question about true and false is exactly the reason I had the second poll question about whether or not there is truth.

    In this case, we have many levels of facts, knowledge, and ideas.

    Did the guards have guns?
    Did he go to China?
    Do Foxconn workers’ commit suicide?
    Does Apple know what it is doing?
    Do consumers gladly turn a blind eye to where our stuff comes from?
    Is globalization unavoidable? Or, could its rules be changed?

    So, for me, there is something like truth in detail and truth in narrative.

    The details were verifiably wrong in some cases.

    The overall truth in narrative- our beautiful gadgets are made under conditions that raise ethical and value-laden questions- is accurate.

  5. Jordi says:

    Finally, last week you said ignorance is bliss. Now, you wonder whether Mike Daisey “just did it for a publicity stunt.” If you convince yourself that is the case, does that make it easier to stay ignorant?

    Does a feeling of wanting to avoid connection to this spider’s web of production and consumption lead you to want to dismiss the monologue?

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