How sweet this is about Mike Daisey

\”This American Life\” has raised questions about the adaptation of AGONY/ECSTASY we created for their program. Here is my response:

I stand by my work. My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge. It uses a combination of fact, memoir, and dramatic license to tell its story, and I believe it does so with integrity.

What\’s known as the \”I speak of the larger truth, not your mere facts\” defence.

And, to be fair, in a piece of theatre it\’s a perfectly acceptable defence. Indeed, that\’s pretty juch what writing any form of fictional narrative is about, manipulating events so as to create that coherent story that is being aimed at.

It\’s just not journalism though, it\’s not an accurate description of reality and shouldn\’t be treated as such. But it was, and that\’s the problem.

5 comments on “How sweet this is about Mike Daisey

  1. Hmm,

    I’m proud of being a liar. My lies are for the good of everybody. How dare you question the worthiness of my lies.

    Okay – so it’s either Blair in a fat-suit or Brown with a better glass eye. The latter, surely? It would explain his inglorious absence from the public sphere?

  2. You are letting Daisey off too lightly. He wants to have us believe that the problem was that his fictional dramatic presentation was treated as an accurate description of reality. Nothing to do with him, mate, it was just the ignorant and unartistic public who took it all too literally. That is the line he is pushing, now that the radio producer he worked with is denouncing him.

    No, the problem is that Daisey told us it was an accurate description of reality.

  3. Mike Daisey is a big fat liar.

    Like so many big fat liars on the Left, he feels that the truth is less important than whatever big fat lies he imagines will help his big fat lying cause at any particular moment.

  4. “My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge”

    Of course its harder to do that when they don’t actually emerge from brutal circumstances – then I just have to make it up.

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