Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Theatrical Monologist Mike Daisey Invokes Dramatic License and Fabricates Without Telling the Audience

 In Terry Teachout's October 2011 WSJ review of Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (check out script here), he writes:
The trouble with "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," as with all theatrical journalism, is that Mr. Daisey is in essence asking us to take his word for it. He hasn't brought back pictures or named names, and the artful anger with which he tells his tale inevitably makes it still more suspect.
Well, Mr. Teachout was on to something because Mike Daisey is now rightfully coming under fire in the press for fabricating some of his China encounters and personal experiences in his successful one man show. Check out details of fabrications at the retraction on The American Life, the public radio program that broke the news here

Should Mike Daisey have been more clearer about the "dramatic license" taken with regard to the show? Yes!! He certainly would not be in this situation today. Should this take away from the issues surrounding the working conditions of Chinese workers? Definitely not!!!!!! 

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