A good story should be originated from life but more than life

“Because I know that so much of this story is the best work I’ve ever made.”— Mike Daisy.


When I heard this sentence, it reminds me of what my high school English teacher once said that a good story should be originated from life but more than life (translated from Chinese). It was exactly what Mike Daisy did. He said he visited ten factories but actually only three. He said he met 25 to 30 illegal union members but actually no more than 5. He said there were 3 underages out of 10 workers but actually maybe none. Mike Daisy’s story of Apple’s Chinese manufactory is an impressive and dramatic one if he just presented it on theater stage. It is hard to say Mike Daisy is a liar because he did not make up it. His story was based on the true one even though details were exaggerated.


As a Chinese, I was confused by some details mentioned in radio, for example, the guards with guns. It is a social norm that no private party could possess guns in China. If I listened the primary radio of Mike Daisy’s talk and nobody told me he is a liar, I would not only doubt Mike Daisy’s but also doubt “This is American Life” and even American radio’s professionalism.


Radio is a social media that people would never doubt what it reports. “This is American Life” is a professional journalism, so Mike Daisy’s lies were intolerable. I think Mike Daisy’s lies may not be considered as a big fault because, from audiences’ perspective, they can only remember the general idea after the radio even though the details are fascinating. Actually, the basic ideas of Mike Daisy’s story and the truth are the same since both of them convey the harsh working conditions of labors in Apple’s Chinese factory. Also, the exaggeration of Mike Daisy’s words really caught people’s attention. As an audience, my response for this story is to reconsider the social roles which public should perform in society when facing the conflict between profits and ethics.






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