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Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory—Archive of a Lie

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For those of you who missed Mr. Daisey’s original lie on This American Life, you’ll find it here:

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life | via An American Studies Media

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 22nd, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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The Talk Show #84: Daisey, Daisey, Give Me Your Answer, Do

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John Gruber and Dan Benjamin talk Mike Daisey.

The Daisey stuff starts about midway through. Well worth the listen. Then listen again.

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Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 22nd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

@jdalrymple’s Great Idea

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Jim Dalrymple has a great idea: Apple should sue Mike Daisey and give the money to Chinese workers.

It should be noted that what Daisey did, and, unfortunately by association, what This American Life did, could be construed as libel:

libel (for written, broadcast, or otherwise published words)—is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image.

It’s possible that Mr. Daisey is in a whole lot more hot water than he thinks.

Yeah, it’s theater… until it’s not.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 21st, 2012 at 9:33 am

Daring Fireball: Separating the Baby From the Bath Water

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Gruber:

I think what Daisey really believes is that he deserves the attention his lies have brought him, and so he has no intention to stop telling them.

I think Gruber’s right.

Totally worth the read.

Daring Fireball: Separating the Baby From the Bath Water

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 20th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Can You Just Answer The Question?

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Mike Daisey in an interview in the Playbill from the Wooley Mammoth Theater, the theater in Washington D.C. where The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was workshopped.

NOTE: He never answers the question or, as Ira Glass told him, he’s hedging.

Madeleine Oldham: Do you consider your work a form of journalism?

MD: I think that journalism should be part of most art that we make. Because we should know what is happening in the world, we should know it in our bones and it should inform our work. I feel like the impulse in the theatre, and in many other art forms, is to distance ourselves from the concerns of the day in an attempt to thenget an overview of life, but I think that’s a false dichotomy. I think that actually being cheek by jowl with life itself, with things that are actually happening, affords us an opportunity to have a specific dialogue that doesn’t exist otherwise. It lets us find these charged elements that can pull us along like a magnet and pull us somewhere where catharsis is possible. So I do think journalism is a huge part of it. Journalism has a fantastic framework to live up to: the attempt to actually transmit the truth even despite all the difficulties inherent to that undertaking. I find it very inspiring. A lot of my heroes are journalists.

So, we should take that as a “no”?

Link originally via Daringfireball.net

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am

Daisey Revelations Sad, but Not Surprising

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Glenn Fleishman, who knew Mike Daisey in some distant past, on what he knew and what he expected would come of Mike Daisey’s “revelations.”

Daisey revelations sad, but not surprising | via Macworld.com

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March 18th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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Mr. Daisey and The Apple Factory Fabrications

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So… there’s going to be an update on This American Life tonight about a story they ran in January based on a stage play by Mike Daisey. To put it bluntly, as Ira Glass did on the TAL blog:

Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.

So much for my saying Daisey was telling a balanced story and that Glass and company were diligent about fact checking.

I’ll be curious to hear the show tonight.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 16th, 2012 at 4:31 pm