2 Lies and a Truth


People lie about many different things on many different stages. There are different types of lies. Sometimes people lie to further themselves in society and to gain personal advantage. Sometimes people simply over exaggerate their stories to make them more influential. This in my opinion is the lesser of the two lies. When it comes to professionalism, there is no room for lying however. Mike Daisy lied. There is no doubt about it, it is just a matter of how much he was lying about or if he was “coerced” to saying it was a lie. I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory every now and then and this “retraction” gives as good of a reason as any to consider one.

Was Mike Daisy really lying? The easiest answer for everybody to say is yes. He was lying and none of it was true. Apple is still the star of the technological world and they are still the perfect company. But what if he wasn’t lying. What if he was forced to admit and ensure that people thought he was lying? Judging by the past experiences that Apple has with the way they conduct their privacy, this could very well be an explanation. If they threatened him and his family that is a very powerful negotiation tactic. I do not want to believe this, but either I have been watching too many corrupt business movies or I am straying into territory that they do not want me to.

Now let’s assume that Mike Daisy lied. Is he considered an unethical liar? It is the same as one of the big corporations lying to us about where their supplies come from in order to make things better for the audience or us. This lie happens on a much smaller scale for Mike Daisy and it is much easier for people to call him out on it as well. I think that embellishing to a certain extent is fine with most people but what Mike Daisy did was a little absurd and nobody wanted to believe him, so they fact checked until they found something that was wrong. That is the other part of this story, I do not think that people wanted to know what apple was doing. They just had such an aura of perfection around them that nobody could believe that they were treating people this way. Apples status in everyone’s minds helped push this story as a “lie” and I believe that most of his story is true.


4 thoughts on “2 Lies and a Truth

  1. I agree with you in that the parts that Daisey made up were necessary to raise awareness about a very possible problem that could be happening in the production of Apple products. Considering Apple’s negotiating power, the tightly knit and essential relationship they have with Foxconn, and the history of many other corporations, we can see where Apple is coming from and definitely could imagine some illegal activities going on. What Daisey has done was provoke some investigation and ask some transparency from Apple, both of which actions are very positive. Think about it, if they investigate and they don’t find something, well great for Apple, and Daisey would just be a big liar; but if investigation takes place and violations are found based on Daisey’s lie, which is partly what happened, then Daisey did a service for the community. Now, we re left in the grey zone of white lies and, as you said, I believe this is a very personal moral dilemma that we each individually must address: should we tolerate a professional lying for the greater good of our community and the improvement of human conditions?


  2. “That is the other part of this story, I do not think that people wanted to know what apple was doing. They just had such an aura of perfection around them that nobody could believe that they were treating people this way.”
    I agree with that. Whether it was about us not wanting to believe anything ill of Apple, or whether we just don’t want to be bothered with the inconvenience of cognitive dissonance when we realize that we are providing the demand for sweatshop-ish conditions to take place yet want to think we’re not doing anything wrong. So one minute it’s Apple’s fault, “They betrayed our trust; they’re inhumane” the next, it’s “Daisey lied, he’s the bad guy.”


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