NPR “This American Life” retracts Foxconn report: ‘Daisey Lied’

The technology magazine Wired writes on the retraction of NPR’s program This American Life. Mike Daisey ‘s one-man show, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, detailing alarming labor practices in Foxconn, Apple factories in China are not entirely truthful.

“Acclaimed Public Radio International program This American Life has retracted an entire episode about working conditions inside Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that builds much of Apple’s most popular hardware, after learning that a major contributing source “partially fabricated” information about his visit to the factories.”

A stage performer credited by The Wall Street Journal’s theater critic as “awesomely gifted,” Daisey is best known his performances of over 15 monologues, which have received largely favorable reviews from major outlets like The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Daisey describes his work as a combination of “autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance.”

See the full story from Wired here.

 

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs, co founder of Apple and innovator behind the iPod, iPhone, & iPad died Wednesday evening at his home.  He was 56.

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Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for several years and had a liver transplant in 2006.  He wanted to keep his disease in the knowledge of his family; even the board of trustees for Apple was unaware of the extent of his illness.

He died in the company of his family and according to them he went “peacefully”.

Six weeks ago Jobs resigned as CEO from Apple for health reasons.  He had said in August that he would let the people know when the day came that he wouldn’t be able to fulfill his duties as CEO he would leave and that unfortunately he could sense that day was rapidly approaching.

Jobs started Apple, with friend Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage.  The two were young and had a vision to simplify the way we live our lives everyday.  Jobs turned the Apple vision into a billion dollar business within the first ten years.

In the 80s Jobs was publicly let go by Apple and he then began another computer company by the name of NEXT and took over at PIXAR studios.  In 1996 Apple bought out Jobs’s company NEXT and gave him the title of CEO.

The sky was the limit for Jobs and Apple.  In the years following his new job title he and Apple put out products such as the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, & the iPad.

With Jobs death it now has many people asking what direction will Apple & the rest of the technological world take, but one thing is certain, the world will miss the brilliance of another Steve Jobs.

Click HERE for a video tribute to Steve Jobs

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