Make it up as you go…

The following reaction is from my own perspective as a student who uses Apple products, but is also conscious of the plight of workers in Foxconn:

 “Well, we talk a lot, we have a lot of meetings—we meet at coffeehouses, different Starbucks in

Guangzhou, we exchange papers, sometimes there are books…”

And it’s so clear, in this moment, that they are making this up as they go along.

The way so many of us do.

The way pirates do. The way rebels do.

The way the crazy ones who change the world do—they all make it up as they go along.


Now wait just a second here, Mike. You are going to sit here ranting and raving about unfair working conditions, low wages, and facilities with armed guards but then try to convince me these disgruntled union workers are kicking it at Starbucks throwing back lattes? You’re the one who is making this up as you go. It’s just not plausible and you know it, Mike. You can’t spend so much time telling me workers are underpaid and then expect me to think that THESE are the Chinese citizens drinking overpriced (and might I add, overrated) coffee.

And then you go off and say making it up as you go is how the world gets changed?! You certainly must hope that’s true since it’s quite obvious you are on a mission to change something. But what is it you are trying to change here, Mike? You want to rally the troops and march on down to Cupertino and give Tim Cook a piece of your mind? You want to start a vendetta against every company out there who outsources their production? You have so many holes in your story I’m just about ready to stop listening, let alone join your ranks. But you press on Mike Daisey! You fearless pirate! You brave rebel, you! But how about you do us all a favor and stop making it up as you go. 


3 thoughts on “Make it up as you go…

  1. I love this post. I think it effectively pinpointed certain aspects of the talk that were complete lies and show how angry Daisey made some listeners. One effective way to show your anger at someone is to ask question after question not giving them time to answer, as we know they probably don’t have an answer that will make up for it. I think this is well written and powerful! Good job.

  2. You capture the frustration with Daisey and how it may squelch the very resolve to action he hoped to inspire.

    I also REALLY like how you used the dialogue of the post. Did you transcribe it? Or did you find the transcript?

  3. So, personally, it is a downer for me to read a reaction that feels that in the face of massive amounts of outsourcing that there is no option other than resigned acceptance. People who feel cherished values threatened but do not know the source of the threats is what C. Wright mills described as people experiencing “crisis.”

    And his solution? More sociological imagination to understand the threats and the public “issues” that create private troubles.

    Now, what that sociological imagination might lead to… well, that is for you to ponder.

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