For my paper I want to look more into the Shareholder and Stakeholder theories and how they pertain to Apple.  I think Apple is a very good company to look at in terms of these theories because of their popularity right now.  I personally am the most invested in the Apple company, more so than in Nike or Enron.  I found myself very engrossed in both of the Podcasts we listened to about Apple, probably because I am an Apple product fan.  I think that it would be extremely to compare the ethics of the company or producer, and also the ethics we face as consumers.  Because Apple is such a huge name brand and has a wide and strong grasp on a customer base, it is hard to blame Apple for any unethical claims – but does that mean they are not at fault?  Does it mean the consumers are at fault?

Daisy, Behind the Madness

Letter written to Steve Jobs from Mike Daisy


As you are a brilliant, analytical man, I’d like to show you my mind before you jump to conclusions of myself as a person and professional. My motives were purely based on the end, and sacrificed your company’s reputation as the means. I’ve been obsessed with technology my whole life, so naturally hooked into Apple as well. Yes, I use and love my Apple products. It’s impossible to dislike Apple, and your company holds the consumer technology market at its mighty fingertips. And with all that glory, comes media attention, competition, and responsibility. Apple, rated the number one company in the USA, will always be under the nation’s microscope, alike any other super valuable asset to this world.

We both know that business ethics, at the expense of both humans and the environment, is an ever growing problem in this modern industrial day and age. Whether Apple is innocent or guilty, there will always be a spotlight shined upon it. As a journalist and entertainer, I found a way to best use my resources in order to shift the spot light to a business ethical issue at hand. I’m sorry that your company was the stepping stone, but Apple will live. The future will be better because of it. RIP. 


What would Ira say…

And when Apple would call journalists who had spoken to me, and tell them, “You know, I don’t know if you want to be associated with him. He’s kind of unstable. You know, he does work in the theater.”

I would keep my head down. And I would tell my story.

And tonight—we know the truth.

Ira Glass:

The truth? The truth is that you lied. We trusted you. We trusted you to come on our program and share what you had learned on your visit to Foxconn. And you lied! You flat. out. lied. And you knew it, the whole time. What kind of person does that? Did you feel any sense of guilt in doing that?

Yes, we made a mistake in letting you on our show. And yes, we should have been suspicious from the very beginning when you said there was no way to contact your translator in China.

But how hard is it to tell the truth! Working in the theater is not a valid excuse. Because you knew. You knew you were expected to tell the truth on This American Life, and you knew you were lying. And now, you’ve embarrassed me, you’ve embarrassed my coworkers, and, most of all, you’ve embarrassed yourself.

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.