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Mike Daisey defends his mash-up reporting technique

MIKE Daisey wrote and performed the hit monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. The show is about his visit to the Foxconn factory that makes Apple products in Shenzhen, China. Only, Mike Daisey made up big bits of it. He fabricated to make his point. Mike Daisey wanted to entertain.

It was broadcast over This American Life. That firm’s Ira Glass tells it:

“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.”

American Life says:

As best as we can tell, Mike’s monologue in reality is a mix of things that actually  happened when he visited China and things that he just heard about or researched, which  he then pretends that he witnessed first hand. He pretends that he just stumbled upon an  array of workers who typify all kinds of harsh things somebody might face in a factory  that makes iPhones and iPads. And the most powerful and memorable moments in the story all seem to be fabricated.

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Posted: 19th, March 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment