\”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.