Page 59: I would keep my head down. And I would tell my story. And tonight—we know the truth.
“Tonight we did hear Mike Daisey’s story, but tonight we did not learn the truth. To learn the truth, Mike Daisey would have had to tell his story without the fabrications and exaggerations. He would have had to use real accounts. But Mike Daisey is a performer not a journalist, and his goal for this monologue was not to tell the truth, but to instead spread a virus. To encode you with a story. To make you aware of who is behind the creation of your consumer products. His message is not just about Apple products. It is not just about FoxConn. It is more. It is about the bigger message.
Guards do not carry guns at FoxConn, but there are guards.
Mike Daisey did not speak to handfuls of underage workers. But underage workers do exist.
Mike Daisey did not meet with workers who were affected by n-hexane. But workers in other factories across China were affected and seriously harmed by the toxin.
Mike Daisey is not here to tell a journalistic story with fact-checked accounts and irrefutable evidence. Others have tried this method, but few consumers were willing to really listen. Some of his points are exaggerations; some of his points are complete lies and assumptions. But the message is meant to be clear. We, as US consumers, are tied to our products. We share a connection and a passion to them. Whether it be Apple, or Nike, or Reebok, or Samsung, these products are being manufactured abroad. They are the work of thousands and thousands of employees. Some of these workers are underage. Some of these workers are undergoing 12 or more hour work shifts. Some of these workers are faced with long-term illnesses due to the conditions they are put through.
Mike Daisey claimed earlier in his monologue “he would lie to lots of people.”
That is what he did tonight. He lied, but was he justified in doing so? Did he get the message across? Did he plant the virus? Next time you look at your consumer products will you at least think of the workers who spent taxing hours on it? Will you think of the suicides that may have been caused by the creation of your products? Mike Daisey is a performer, did his performance move you?”
..You can read it in the newspapers…