Blog 3, Digging Deeper into Apple, Theater, and Action


The BC, (Leah, Kate, and me) decided it would be interesting to see the Bucknell-produced version of Daisey’s actual play, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

As you recall, the task force forum had already started to organize a performance of the play when the podcast controversy arrived.  Ultimately, the task force opted for something more novel.  We decided to take the script,which Mike Daisey had generously made public under a creative commons license, which allowed for modifications, and produce our own “interrupted version.”

Alex Lyras performing the play later in LA. Click for article

The actor is Bucknell Alum, Alex Lyras.  The script is Mike Daisey’s with edits and interruptions by Dr. Bob Gainer (retired professor of theater here),  Dr. Pete Mackey, our VP of Communications, and me, with assistance from BU students Kathleen Lenox, Nick Stetz, and Rachel Iselin-Litt.
The play has many themes: the history of personal computing, the cult of Apple, globalization, China and US perceptions of China, the spirit of the open internet versus the control impulse of Apple, justice, and, of course, truth, facts, stories and the media.
The BC wants you to watch the play and then use it as a spring board for your reaction.
We are especially interested in actions.  If we feel that there is a real problem with the web of supplier-producer-consumer relations and how each is treated, then we can imagine possibilities to ameliorate the problems.
  • What can an individual do?
  • A firm?
  • A government?
  • A consumer?
  • A citizen?
  • A civil society or NGO group?
  • Someone else (individual or group?)?
Is civil disobedience required?  Changes in international law?  Changes in international power structure?  If the iDevice is itself the object at Mills’ intersection of private biography and public history, then can we exercise some sociological imagination to understand not just the privately felt “trouble” or “unease,” but rather structural changes?
In short, do not simply comment on the play.  Rather use the play to ask yourself a question and then do your best to answer it.
Use your new blogging skills to make your post awesome!  Category (blog 3), lots of tags, multimedia, and hyperlinks.
COMMENTS:  DO 4, however 2 MUST be reactions/replies to other comments.  This can INCLUDE replying to comments on your won post.  The goal of commenting is to share ideas, praise AND ALSO ask question, challenge, and seek to further the conversation.
RATING: Ratings are turned on for all posts.  Rate ANYTHING you read.  Make it a habit.  We will start keeping track of popualr posts in terms of rating and views.  Try ot spread your own ratings from 1 to 5 stars.
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