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.