Mike Daisey is a theatrical monologist who was publicly shamed on the radio and the internet after his successful one-man show about worker abuses at Apple factories in China was revealed to contain information that Daisey had fabricated and embellished to make his story more compelling. Daisey, who’d experienced suicidal thoughts at earlier points in his life, was driven into a deep depression and a near-suicidal state following his public shaming, which began on-air during an appearance on an NPR program. But instead of giving into despair, the gregarious Daisey decided to reframe the narrative around his shaming and focus on the fact that while parts of his story of his trip to China were embellished, others were based in truth—and that his intentions of shining a light on a major corporation’s abuses were still as pure as they had ever been.
Mike Daisey Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
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Chapter 9: A Town Abuzz over Prostitution and a Client List
Chapter 10: The Near Drowning of Mike Daisey
The Shanghai correspondent for another radio show began doing some digging on Daisey’s story—many of his details didn’t line up. He tracked down Daisey’s translator, who revealed that... (full context)