To start off my blog post I would like to commend Bucknell for the great job they did on their play. I think they did an amazing job combining Mike Daisey’s initial work with well planned interruptions to provide outside opinions on the matter. I think this made the entire play more informational and educational in general. After watching it and enjoying the differences that Bucknell added in, I asked myself if the more historical references to Apple and Steve Jobs made the play more educational? I also wondered if this took away from the dramatic effect of simply playing with the audiences emotions the way Daisey did? To answer my own questions here, I think that the increased historical references made the piece even better. I believe that they were still able to get the point across of how terrible the working conditions were, while still educating the audience in an accurate manner, which is one thing Daisey failed at. However, I think that the media attention Daisey got for his inaccurate representation of Apple and Foxconn is one of the aspects that truly made the Bucknell piece work well. Without the ability to cut into the play and offer changes to Daisey’s thoughts, and information from outside professors, the audience would not have learned as much as they did.
Another question that came to mind after watching the end of the Bucknell version was are we (Bucknell) the right audience? Jordi’s blog also prompted my thoughts about the audience and who would be the most meaningful target audience for a play like Bucknell’s which mixed educational facts with Daisey’s theatrical performance. As great as the play was, I couldn’t help myself but to ask if someone else could better react and make an impact. At the end when every audience member was encouraged to email the new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, and demand a change in working conditions, I automatically wondered whether or not it would be worth it. I contemplated doing so, and in the end thought, will he even read it, he probably gets millions of emails like mine? Right after the explosion incident occurred in 2012, Cook emailed his employees reminding them of Apple’s values, which I expected would be a similar response to an email he were to receive on the same topic. Keeping this in mind, I would like to extend a question to the class: As we enjoyed Bucknell’s play from an educational perspective, is there a better audience to target who could have a greater impact on the working conditions at Apple if we are able to provide them with this play as an inspiration?