This American Life has just issued a retraction of its popular episode “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” in which monologist Mike Daisey recounts horror stories about working conditions at Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen, China. While I’m not surprised to learn that Daisey modified the truth a little bit, I am a little bit disappointed in TAL for presenting the story as fact.
Anyway, let’s not forget that even if these factories aren’t quite as hellish as they’ve been painted to be, working in them is still not quite the same as working in an American factory. And let’s remember that every single object we buy is made in factories like these–not just our gadgets, which we are apparently fixated upon because of some kind of guilt.