Daisey Makes Shit Up
Apple has been taking a lot of heat the last month or so since Mike Daisey ‘s one man play, “Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs” revealed horrid working conditions at the factory that assembles most Apple hardware products (as well as the products of just about every major electronics and consumer device manufacturer). The New York Times picked up on the story, and it spread over the internet to every wannabe world-saver who ever fired up Chrome. Petitions and protests have sprung up to demand that Apple begin making “ethical” products.
Apple, for it’s part, has made changes to provide for a more transparent manufacturing process. The factory where these alleged inhumanities occurred has been opened to third party inspectors, etc.
Turns out Daisey made up key parts of his “expose”. Some people call that “lying”. He calls it “comedy”, but I don’t think where alleged human rights violations occur can be considered funny.
We can only hope Daisey receives the widespread derision he has set himself up for and greatly deserves.
But I find it fascinating that so many people jumped on the Condemn Apple bandwagon without knowing all the facts. Are people that interested in looking so concerned that they will Gestalt an idea then jump onboard without fully understanding what they’re doing?