Response to the Retraction


First off, if Mike Daisey was going to tell a trumped-up story, he should have let his audience know. That way, after people listened, despite knowing it was partially or completely untrue, they most likely still would have investigated the matter further. By trying to cover it up completely and pretend his story was legitimate, Mike risked his credibility. After his second performance on TAL, he probably lost most if not all of his integrity.

While I agree the fabrications and exaggerations Mike Daisey put forth in his play were not right, I do feel that sometimes it is necessary to play dirty to win games, and in this case expose a scary truth. Sure, telling lies is neither right nor ethical. But if it is to shed light on a more serious issue, perhaps it is worth it. Perhaps Mr. Daisey could have gotten his point across without all of the phony vivid images and details, but of course it would have been less effective. I understand why he elaborated and created these details. People pay more attention. Having said this, there were some areas where Mike Daisey should not have lied. Daisey said that the neurotoxin N Hexane was used in Shenzhen instead of alcohol to clean the Apple products. He claimed that he had met young workers using the products whose hands were shaking as a result of the chemical, so much so that they “couldn’t hold a glass.” While this was being done one thousand miles away in Suzhou, China, the neurotoxin wasn’t at the FoxConn plant in Shenzhen. The fact is that Apple had addressed this issue. Thus, this false statement only hindered Mike Daisey from accomplishing his mission in telling a convincing and necessary tale to the blind Apple and other consumers of the world.

Overall, my opinion of Apple after the initial podcast hasn’t changed. Also, TAL did the right thing in having Mike on the show again. They didn’t know about the inaccuracies previously. The only thing that has changed of course is my opinion of Mike Daisey. He is no longer a brave and confident soul who risked his life standing up to security guards with guns in order to expose a horrible truth. He is a just a creative man who did something for a good cause, yet didn’t fess up or take responsibility for the lies he told when he was caught. I appreciate some of what he did, but I don’t respect him as much anymore.

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One thought on “Response to the Retraction

  1. I totally agree with your point that Daisey should have classified his story as a theatrical representation, not fact. I think he essentially lied to everyone that paid to see his monologue, as well as everyone who reacted to his allegations against Apple. I’m appalled that he thinks it’s ok to do some shoddy research on a topic then try to weave it into his own experiences. Daisey has lost all credibility in my mind as well…I for one will internally roll my eyes if I ever have to hear him speak again.

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