Apple in Your Eye

At His Last New York Performance, Mike Daisey Wins Crowds Over with Fabricated Tales of Foxconn

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Mr. Daisey

Gawker may be on a witch hunt to catalog every lie and half-truth Mike Daisey has ever uttered, but audiences at the final performance of  his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” were much more forgiving. In fact, the crowd at yesterday’s matinee performance, Mr. Daisey’s final showing at The Public Theater on Lafayette, gave the second-coming of James Frey a standing ovation.

Ira Glass and Public Radio International retracted its most-listened to segment ever for Mr. Daisey’s willingness to lie to fact-checkers about things like whether he actually encountered underage workers at Foxconn (he did not) or whether a Foxconn worker with a mangled hand compared a finished iPad to “magic” (he neither worked for Foxconn, nor emoted thusly).

But that didn’t seem to deter onlookers:

“I came here sort of skeptical after reading about what was going on, but his show made me want to re-examine everything I’ve heard about Apple,” a 50-year-old spectator named Jane Glucksman told CNET.

Before starting the performance, Mr. Daisey told the audience that his script had been revised to make it more accurate, pointing out that the New York Times had also documented Apple’s failure in ensuring Foxconn employees worked in adequate conditions. However, notes CNET:

“He continued to present as fact some of the information that was disputed by his former translator. He dealt with that by telling the audiences at what parts she remembered it differently than he.”

Not that anyone seemed to care:

“Many of the people interviewed by CNET as they left the theater raved about Daisey’s performance, and to beat all, many of them were also aware to varying degrees that Daisey may not have been telling the truth, or at least not the kind of truth based on facts.”

Oh right, that other kind of truth. First world guilt is as powerful a reality distortion field as anything emitted by Steve Jobs.

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