Last week I commented on one of my classmate’s blog stating that Mr. Daisy seems to be exaggerating some of the stories. Again, I am not surprised. He is an entertainer; he is trying to draw a crowd with his “drama”.
“Chinese factory workers sipping coffee at Starbucks”, this part of the retraction made me “lol”. How did I miss this? How did the “This American Life” broadcasters not catch this? How did the audience not question this? I blame the “This American Life” broadcasters this story should not have been presented as fact, but just purely entertainment. Mr. Daisy just wants to make money. Like “Kathy” said he is a writer and an actor not a journalist. If Mr. Daisy was trying to pass his work off as purely factual then he is morally and ethically wrong. The ideas of “honest labeling is very important”.
As I listen to his interview on “This American Life”, I realize that the bottom line is this guy was caught in a lie. He should not be rewarded for try to make money regardless of the truth. This just goes to show you that taking people’s words at face value is a very dangerous thing to do. It is very important that we as educated individuals look up the facts for ourselves and decide for ourselves what is true and what is not true. I find this very important especially when looking into politics. However, although the most memorable events were fabricated, we still need to understand that there is a problem in manufacturing plants in countries such as china.
In “fact checking”, I came across an online article on TIME WORLD Magazine. The article was titled “Chinese Factory under Scrutiny as Suicides Mount”, the article stated the number of suicides at Foxconn for that year was 10. It also mentioned that Foxconn was a Taiwan own company, which I did not know. According to Juliette Garside, a reporter for The Guardian, “researchers claim that intimidation, exhaustion and labour right violations ‘remain the norm’ for the hundreds of thousands of Chinese iPhone workers, despite Apple redoubling its efforts to improve conditions”. This article came out on May 30, 2012.