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Mike Daisey returns with altered version of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

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Mike Daisey. Photo by Stan Barouh Mike Daisey’s fall from grace was well documented after This American Life retracted a story about the worker abuses that the playwright claimed he saw at Chinese consumer electronics factories. Daisey — after several days of painful rumblings in which he said, among other things, “What I...
Mike Daisey returns with altered version of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

The future of media and forcing new content into old models

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We’ve seen a ton of digital ink spilled over the implications of media startup Journatic faking bylines for some of its content, including a post from me at about the underlying economics that have forced newspapers like the Chicago Tribune to outsource their hyper-local content. While some critics choose...
The future of media and forcing new content into old models

Mike Daisey says radio show took his comments out of context

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Three days after This American Life broadcast said they could no longer stand behind a report from actor and Apple critic Mike Daisey about suffering he said he witnessed at iPad-making factories, he now suggests his comments were taken out of context. [Read more]...
Mike Daisey says radio show took his comments out of context

Mike Daisey's First Public Talk After the 'This American Life' Retraction

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The performer continued to mix apologies with defenses of his fact-based but not factual work....
Mike Daisey's First Public Talk After the 'This American Life' Retraction

"This American Life" Is Throwing Mike Daisey Under Bus For Fabricated Apple Story... But They Have Some Serious Explaining To Do

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In a huge and startling scandal, the public-radio program "This American Life" (TAL) is retracting a whole episode that it aired about Mike Daisey's investigation of Apple's manufacturing processes. TAL says that it has discovered that much of the episode was "fabricated." And it is quick to lay the...
"This American Life" Is Throwing Mike Daisey Under Bus For Fabricated Apple Story... But They Have Some Serious Explaining To Do

Torturous Ennui of the Upper Middle Class Explored with #ThisAmericanLifeStories Hashtag

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Mr. Oswalt (Photo: Wikipedia) “This American Life” is a radio show so beloved–and so unfailingly pretentious–that even its biggest fans have to concede that it’s mostly a portrait of the spoiled upper-middle-class. Today, comedian Patton Oswalt, took to Twitter to playfully mock the show, first tweeting “A small, local post office...
Torturous Ennui of the Upper Middle Class Explored with #ThisAmericanLifeStories Hashtag

Today in Tech: The 'partially fabricated' iPad factory interview

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Fortune's curated selection of tech stories from the weekend. Sign up to get the round-up delivered to you each and every day. * Apple (AAPL) is holding a conference call later this morning to discuss what the company intends to do with its roughly $100 billion in cash. (Fortune) Performer Mike Daisey. Photo: Mike...
Today in Tech: The 'partially fabricated' iPad factory interview

What were the “falsehoods” in Mike Daisy’s Apple show?

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A monologist who shined a harsh light on Apple has himself come under scrutiny Daisey performing "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" “Daisey lied to me,” wrote This American Life producer Ira Glass Friday as he announced that his radio show was withdrawing its most popular episode —...
What were the “falsehoods” in Mike Daisy’s Apple show?

The Complaints Of Foxconn Employees Are Like The Complaints Of A Lot Normal Employees (AAPL)

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Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz is taking a long look at the Foxconn factory where iPhones and iPads are made.  Schmitz is a big deal because he's the reporter who broke the news that Mike Daisey had made up large portions of his report on Foxconn for This American Life....
The Complaints Of Foxconn Employees Are Like The Complaints Of A Lot Normal Employees (AAPL)

Here's A Numeric Breakdown Of Just How Bad It Is To Work At Foxconn

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An investigative series by the New York Times and a performance piece by Mike Daisey featured on This American Life have put the spotlight on Foxconn, the Taiwanese company whose massive Chinese factories manufacture some of the world's most popular consumer electronics. As well as working with companies like Dell, Motorola, Nokia and Hewlett-Packard, Foxconn assembles...
Here's A Numeric Breakdown Of Just How Bad It Is To Work At Foxconn

Retracting "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory"

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Retracting "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory": Holy shit this is bad. That’s all you can really say. This episode was easily the most widely circulated in the tech community for obvious reasons. And it generated thousands of other related stories. Host Ira Glass: I have difficult news. We’ve learned...
Retracting "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory"

This American Life! #1 Party School (Infographic)

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This American Life! #1 Party School (Infographic)

“This American Life” retracts Apple labor conditions episode

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The radio program This American Life on Friday posted a note on its website saying that it is retracting a previous episode of the show, in which monologist Mike Daisey described the working conditions in factories in China that produce Apple’s most popular devices, saying it “was partially fabricated.” It’s...
“This American Life” retracts Apple labor conditions episode

Watch the journalist who busted Mike Daisey report from Foxconn’s iPad factory

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Mike Daisey Here’s what journalism actually looks like. Hats off to Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz who follows up his truth-squadding of playwright Mike Daisey’s play, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, with this first-hand account of life at the massive Foxconn manufacturing center in China. According to...
Watch the journalist who busted Mike Daisey report from Foxconn’s iPad factory
Mike Daisey issues first actual apology for his monologue, says he 'violated trust'

NPR withdraws damning Apple episode as it doubts playwright Mike Daisey

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US radio show which became its most-listened to 'should never have been put on air' says producer after admitting that underage and injury claims could not be verifiedThe radio show This American Life has retracted an episode broadcast in January about working conditions inside Foxconn's Chinese factory making iPads, saying...
NPR withdraws damning Apple episode as it doubts playwright Mike Daisey

Why Mike Daisey had to lie to tell the truth about Apple

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A couple of months ago, the wildly popular public radio program “This American Life” aired a show that detailed the work of a performer named Mike Daisey. Daisey had been performing a one-man show in theaters called “The ­Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which detailed his obsession with...
Why Mike Daisey had to lie to tell the truth about Apple

The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal

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A Chicago-based media startup called Journatic, which we profiled earlier this year, has sparked a firestorm of controversy over the outsourcing of hyper-local journalism by newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, after a staffer revealed that the company added fake bylines to its material — which in some cases...
The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal

Radio Show Pulls Exposé on Apple

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Producers of the radio series "This American Life" retracted one of the most popular programs in its 16-year history, saying that it contained a series of fabricated statements....
Radio Show Pulls Exposé on Apple

Artist changes Apple, Foxconn monologue after admitting falsehoods

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After admitting on the "This American Life" radio program that he had fabricated some of his experiences for dramatic purposes, artist Mike Daisey has changed his monologue about Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn to remove anything he can't "stand behind."...
Artist changes Apple, Foxconn monologue after admitting falsehoods

Ira Glass, "Scenes from a Recession," This American Life 377 (WBEZ, March 27, 2009)

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Ira Glass, "Scenes from a Recession," This American Life 377 (WBEZ, March 27, 2009)

Can You Take Fact Checking Too Far?

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Earlier this year, there was a lot of attention paid to the popular radio program This American Life (TAL) having to retract its episode based on storyteller Mike Daisey's one-man show, in which he claimed to be telling a story about his own trip to visit Apple factories in China,...
Can You Take Fact Checking Too Far?

Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

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Intellectual Ventures’ Nathan Myhrvold Intellectual Ventures, responding this afternoon to This American Life’s latest report on its patent dealings, denies that it uses shell companies to pursue patent lawsuits on its behalf. The statement specifically denies any ownership or control of a mysterious firm, Oasis Research, that filed suit against 18...
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions

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Two online petitions beseech Apple to improve working conditions in the Chinese factories that make its products. The petitions, both filed within the last two weeks, follow a renewed round of criticism directed at the company over labor practices at overseas facilities like the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China....
Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions

Foxconn won't sue over This American Life episode

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Foxconn won't sue over the retracted This American Life episode painting a grim portrait of working conditions at the company, according to spokesman Simon Hsing. "Our corporate image has been totally ruined. The point is whatever media that cited the program should not have reported it without confirming (with us),"...
Foxconn won't sue over This American Life episode

Group plans disruptive protest tomorrow at Apple’s Grand Central Store over Foxconn conditions

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Looks like Apple won’t be getting away easily this time as a petition over unethical working conditions at Foxconn factories blew up, turning into a real-world protest over Apple’s labor practices. Consumer groups SumOfUs and Change.org previously said that over 35,000 people signed their “Stop Worker Abuse” online petition...
Group plans disruptive protest tomorrow at Apple’s Grand Central Store over Foxconn conditions

Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win

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Last month, I posted the letter I helped put together from a bunch of entrepreneurs to the US's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, as a part of the open comment period on the most effective forms of copyright enforcement. One of the most frustrating responses I heard was "it...
Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win

THE APPLE INVESTOR: Apple Finally Puts Its Cash To Work (AAPL)

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The Apple Investor is a daily report from SAI. Sign up here to receive it by email. AAPL Up On Cash Announcement  Market is off in early trading after a nice run last week. Shares of AAPL are up nearly 1.5% on the dividend and stock buy back announcement...
THE APPLE INVESTOR: Apple Finally Puts Its Cash To Work (AAPL)

This American Life retracts hugely popular episode on Apple and China

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Well-loved radio show This American Life—spawned from station WBEZ right here in Chicago—has some "difficult news" about one its most popular shows, on Apple and labor conditions in China. The episode "contained significant fabrications," writes TAL host Ira Glass today on the show's blog. He is devoting this week's...
This American Life retracts hugely popular episode on Apple and China
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