Is Ira Glass justified in his anger? I believe he is. For someone who claims that “I think the truth always matters. I think the truth is tremendously important”, Daisey admits to falsifying the most critical parts of his story in order to achieve his goal of spreading awareness and making people care. So how much does Daisey really care about the truth? When does the truth not matter anymore? Is there ever a time when it doesn’t? Despite the ways in which Daisey tries to spin his story or express his “fear” of his story unravelling, he should not have been misleading the public to believe that he was presenting his first hand experiences as they had happened.
It is interesting how situations like these can make people stop and consider whether or not to believe the things that they see or hear online and in pubic. Who can we trust to give us unbiased facts? The whole truth and nothing but the truth? There are at least two sides to every story and it is amazing to see how different they can be and also continually surprising to see the ways people are able to manipulate scenarios in order to get their desired reactions from their audiences.
After the first podcast last week, I was disgusted by the ways in which Apple was turning a blind eye to everything that was happening in Shenzhen. However, I now question everything in the podcast like it was done in this retraction piece. Daisy claims he was “terrified that if I untied these things, that the work that I know is really good and tells a story, that does these really great things for making people care, that it would come apart in a way where it would ruin everything.” The way Daisey tries to justify his actions in deception angers me and makes me question whether he does genuinely care about the workers overseas or whether he was simply promoting his work of theatrics that he knows “is really good”.