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In New York, theatrical monologue about the treatment of Chinese workers behind Apple products gets positive reviews

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19 March 2012

This is bigger than Mike Daisey

Author: SumOfUs

We were as surprised as anyone to learn that Daisey had fabricated part of the story about his personal experiences in China. You may be wondering how this affects the SumOfUs…campaign to improve working conditions in those factories. The most important thing to know is that Daisey is just one of literally dozens of sources who’ve investigated and reported on serious violations of workers’ rights at Apple suppliers…[T]he particular details of Daisey’s odyssey – which workers he did and didn’t meet – are basically beside the point…The important truths are and always have been: Apple workers are routinely forced to work illegally long, exhausting hours for little pay. Conditions in the factories are unsafe, militaristic and miserable. And off the backs of these overworked, underpaid and endangered workers, Apple is pocketing hundreds of dollars in pure profit from each and every gadget they produce.

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17 March 2012

Foxconn’s Woo Says Truth Prevails After Retraction

Author: Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc.’s largest supplier and the target of allegations of poor work conditions, welcomed a retraction of a U.S. radio program episode it said was based on lies. “I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed. But I don’t think that the reports about this have gone far enough to find out what exactly is the truth,” Louis Woo, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn said...The weekly radio program “This American Life” retracted a report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. products, saying the broadcast contained “errors” and “fabrications.”

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17 October 2011

Moral Issues Behind iPhone and Its Makers

Author: Charles Isherwood, New York Times [USA]

Mike Daisey[‘s] latest theatrical monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” is a mind-clouding, eye-opening exploration of the moral choices we unknowingly or unthinkingly make when we purchase nifty little gadgets like the iPhone and the iPad and the PowerBook...About half of all consumer electronics sold in the world today are produced at a single mammoth factory campus in Shenzhen, China, according to Mr. Daisey. His illuminating trip to...the sprawling Foxconn Technology plant, forms the dramatic spine of his...exploration of the rise of Apple...[T]he show is most engrossing, and most disturbing, when Mr. Daisey delves into the grim realities of workers’ lives in Shenzhen...(He does not refer to an investigation Apple made into worker conditions at Foxconn this year)...

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