These things are easy to believe, because they’re documented in our own history:
- long hours working in subpar conditions
- insufficient pay for tasks performed
- blacklists of “troublemakers”
- descriptions of the scenery and the smog
It saddens me that Mike Daisey felt the need to lie, but enough people have likely weighed in on that part. What really strikes me is why he felt like he had to. Was it for theatricality? To tell a more riveting story? Or because we as a culture have become so desensitized that we require ever worse scenarios in order to capture our attention?
Major props to Ira Glass and the This American LIfe team for being so forthcoming. It took guts to put that show on the air. It took BALLS OF STEEL to retract it and then issue a new episode detailing why and digging even deeper.
Draw Something. Find me at skurveydawg. Let’s do this…
Things that make me happy:
- Finding out that my Tumblr buddy Guille got married! Congratulations, G!!
- My hair is getting über long, which is way more fun than I imagined it would be.
- I’ve fallen into a nice new gym routine. After a few months off the wagon, it feels so good to be this active again.
- I figured out how to boil chicken properly the other day.
Things that make me go “Hmmmm…”
- I can’t seem to wear over-the-head headphones anymore. I’m all about comfort, and they’re just… not.
- I’m in the midst of doing my taxes tonight, and made the stupid mistake of asking myself “So what would happen if I tried to itemize some deductions?” And now I’m surrounded by piles of receipts and a calculator. Hot, right?