Mike Daisey performs his one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
But who’s to blame for this ignorance? Is it journalists, who Daisey said he expected to find in Shenzhen but didn’t? Is it Apple, the company that pays such particular attention to detail that it couldn’t possibly have missed these, the most important details of them all? Or is it the consumer himself, so driven by his need to own that he has never considered the cost of the devices?
It turns out to be a mixture of the three. And in this monologue, it’s Daisey’s job to plant the seed of knowledge and show his fellow devotees the light.
In an interview about the show, Daisey said his fanaticism is dead. He can no longer be an early adopter of Apple’s latest piece. “I’m broken about technology,” he said. “I can’t do that anymore. I did love it very much.”
During the show’s run at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Daisey plans to advocate for Congressional hearings about the work conditions at the factories that he visited.
The show runs at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through April 17. Tickets are available at woollymammoth.net.
Correction: March 30, 2011
The article mistakenly stated that actor Mike Daisey found the photos of Chinese workers on his iPhone. He saw the photos on an Apple news website. In addition, the child laborer described was 13, not 14.