Mike Daisy Integrity

Mike Daisy: Before I start my monologue there is something important I need to say. I want you all to know that this play is a portrayal of real events. Some of these events were taken directly from a trip I made to China about a year ago while others have come from stories which you may have read about in the news.

The purpose of this monologue is to get you, the crowd, thinking about your products and gadgets as more than just toys which appear on in the store. There are real consequences to our buying habits. This monologue is going to display those consequences and what life is like in China for those people who make your products. I hope you all enjoy the show.


7 thoughts on “Mike Daisy Integrity

  1. This is a cool approach to this weeks blog. I also thought about this after the retraction. All he had to do was put a simple disclaimer like this at the beginning of his monologue and he would have been fine. Maybe it would not have been as popular in the news but it would have the same effect on his audience. People would at least start thinking about the products they own and how they are made. He would have been able to portray the same message while covering his ass at the same time.

  2. While this disclaimer clears Mike Daisey from all of the lies that he told, I feel like it also gets rid of the power his original monolog had. One of the reasons I connected with the monolog in the first place is because i thought Daisey actually witnessed all of the events, I thought everything he said was a first-hand account. I definitely do not think the monolog would have had the same effect on the audience or would have become as popular as it did.

  3. Heather, you make a good point. Its a slippery slope when you are dealing with performances. It can certainly take a lot away from the angst and reality of the monologue when/if there is a disclaimer like this built in.

  4. All Mike Daisey should have done was add “Inspired by a True Story.” I don’t think he needed to get too in depth with a disclaimer because there is a chance that that could have taken away from the story. Just a simple line saying that is was based on a true story is enough to justify the fact that everything he said didn’t exactly occur while still allowing the audience to get engaged.

  5. Heather I would have to respectfully disagree with you. I think that the same emotions which Mike Daisy evoked in his monologue would have still been there even with a statement like this at the begginning. By the time people were engulfed in the story I am willing to guess that they would have forgotten all about the disclaimer at the begginning.

  6. I have to agree with Foster. Even though a simple one-sentence intro probably could have sufficed, this longer disclaimer doesn’t seem to take away from the effect that the story will have on the audience. By stating that this play is a portrayal of real events, it is acknowledged that even though Daisey did not experience everything firsthand, someone did. He is simply the person with the platform on which the stories could be shared. I like that the disclaimer acknowledges the reasons for the monologue, too.

  7. The disclaimer would have been totally ethical and responsible for Mike Daisey as a professional journalist. He left his audience to believe the story was true, Apple was scrutinized, and now he is scrutinized. But do we even know if he truly feels regret for what he did? It certainly earned him more fame and money, and is likely the reason we even know his name. Although at the expense of Apple, he did shine a light on the ethics of large scale manufacturing.

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