[Editor: this piece was co-written by Charles Liu and Allen]
To the credit of “This American Life” – a popular program on Public Radio International – its producers over the weekend officially retracted its January airing of a version of Mike Daisy’s popular monologue titled “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” in which Daisy described first-hand terrible work conditions at Foxconn, a key supplier to Apple’s iPad and iPhones. There were simply too much distortion and fabrications of facts to ignore.
Both Allen and I actually heard the show in January. It made us sad and angry at the time – not because we knew something was wrong – but because we got the sense that the story was too sensationalized. Mike Daisy did know how to tell a story, but much of it sounded hollow to us. It was too dramatized. It was so gloomy – so dark – so unapologetically one-sided. Continue reading The Retraction of Mike Daisey’s one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” from ‘This American Life’