“Yes, Cathy, I will lie to lots of people” – Mike Daisey
These are probably the most accurate words that Daisey says in his entire presentation. My initial reaction to the probing of Mike Daisey in this second pod cast was to almost feel bad for him. Yes he messed up. He lied. There was no one disputing that fact and yet the interviewer seemed to want to get Mike Daisey to explain why he lied. Everyone has lied and everyone who has ever been caught up in a lie can attest to the fact that while it’s hard to admit to lying, it’s harder to explain why you did it. Most of the times people lie they have convinced themselves that they are telling the truth or that it’s not that bad of a lie. I think Mike Daisey is someone who deep down doesn’t believe he’s lying that much since most of the things he stretched the truth about were happening at the plant just to a lesser degree (like that there were children as young as 14 found working in Foxconn).
The reason why I said “almost feel bad” is because Daisey couldn’t come to terms with the fact that he was lying. It’s like a kindergartener who is caught by his mother with his hand in a cookie jar and says that he wasn’t taking one. Daisey only admitted to lying about the Hexane poisoning and the rest he tried to make excuses for. Once again I think his excuses stem from the fact that he believes he didn’t do anything wrong but he is clearly at fault and should hold himself accountable.
I don’t like Daisey’s justification that he’s a performer and therefore it’s okay to lie like he does. The interviewer brings up the point that Daisey presents his stories as facts and even claims to have been a witness. That seems more like a journalist account of a happening as opposed to a fictional story based on real life events. People are developing opinions on Foxconn and Apple based on his presentation with a mix of fact and fiction. How are people supposed to distinguish between what is real and what is fabricated?
What should not be lost from Daisey’s presentation is that Foxconn is not a good working environment. People are still taking their lives because working there is so depressing. Apple is still outsourcing their manufacturing to this company despite knowing this. These larger social issues are ones that need to acknowledged and dealt with. I can’t help but wonder, could Daisey have gotten similar reactions to his presentation if he had made it clear from the start that he did not witness all the events but, all of occurred at some time or similar location to the Foxconn Factory?