After listening to the TAL podcast that retracted “Mr. Daisey and Apple” the one line that stuck with me was when Mike Daisey said, “I wanted to make a monologue that would make people care.” Well, Mike Daisey certainly made people care. He made people care about the ethicality and truthfulness behind a story. So, how did he do this? It all began with him making a very compelling story to the American public through discussing the poor working conditions of employees at Foxconn. Due to this story and its publicity, Daisey became one of the most well known people to advocate against Apple. Even though his story was compelling at first, the public discovered that Mike Daisey fabricated a good amount of information about his trip to Foxconn in Shenzhen. Kathy, the translator whom he worked with abroad, refuted a lot of the information he provided about the working conditions in Apple manufacturing plants. Thus, leading to an uproar from the public and from TAL. The public wanted to hear the truth about Foxconn and Daisey did not provide this. His credibility was ruined because he was unethical and lied about the situation abroad.
Even though the fabricated information led Mike Daisey to face multiple repercussions, I believe he achieved his goal. Mike Daisey ultimately wanted the public to acknowledge that there are some poor working conditions in factories abroad. He made people talk about certain issues, but nothing really changed abroad. In the retraction podcast, TAL discussed the issues with factories abroad that are “fit to print.” In 2005, a supplier code of conduct was passed in hopes that the conditions abroad would change. In 2007, 50% of factories were discovered to be violating this code. There have been isolated incidents where explosions have occurred due to an abundance of dust within the factory. These incidents killed four people and injured 77 others. Employees were found in small rooms housing 12-20 people per dorm. Thus, the living and working conditions need to be improved.
So, how do we make people care? How do we make people care about where their products and services are coming from? How do we show people that there needs to be a change in regards to the poor conditions of factories abroad?
Featured Picture Courtesy of The Atlantic. The image can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-sad-and-infuriating-mike-daisey-case/254661/.