After about half of This American life, I really was not a fan of Mike Daisey. I certainly did believe most of the things that he said but the way in which he presented his material bugged me. The way he slows his voice down and becomes very emotional gives off the impression that either he might have been stretching the truth or he is just a little weird. As sadistic as it may sound, I smiled a little when I heard that Mike Daisey’s reporting were not factual. I do not appreciate the extent at which he lied, how he came up with new information and hid other information. A lot of his words actually inspired me to research more about Foxconn, potentially do some type of paper, or even at one point or another take a trip to Shenzhen. However, now I am not nearly as inclined.
I do still see some value in Mike Daisey’s mission. In my opinion, Daisey’s intentions were not to harm Apple or any other large tech company using sweatshops in Shenzhen. He was rather trying to educate people about the harsh conditions that workers face overseas. The reporter at the end of the “Retraction” agrees that working conditions there are not adequate and I believe that this is what Mike Daisey wanted bring to our attention. Daisey wanted to impact his audience enough to take a closer look at Foxconn, and in my case it absolutely did. And for that, I applaud Daisey. He saw a place that was facing cruelty and he wanted to expose it. Who is to blame Daisey for caring so much as to risk his validity as a journalist and lie to get peoples attention fixed on something that is actually important. Is he the first person to ever exaggerate in an attempt to get someones attention, simply no.
I will agree with a few of the blog posts that I have read already in saying “why does it really matter.” It really doesn’t matter all that much. Like I said earlier, I believe Mike Daisy’s intentions were good and he only meant to help people who he felt were suffering from poor work conditions. People should look into creating a better work environment for workers at Foxconn and other large sweatshops. I believe Apple should be more strict with their working policies and their enforcement of those policies, as should other large tech companies. Obviously, there are two sides to this story and it is too bad that Mike Daisey is being interrogated for trying to help others.