update If you're reading this, you're probably one of the many people who's excited to see what's just around the corner for Apple, but have you ever stopped to think what went into making that product? Monologist Mike Daisey has, and he's here to share.
Since this story was published, This American Life
has revealed that Mike Daisy fabricated elements of his show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs". ZDNet Australia
has published an article with a correction and apology here
Daisey is a writer, monologist and comedian, and has brought his latest monologue "The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" to the Sydney Opera House. Running through to 2 October, the show delves into the human cost behind the devices that have captured the world. He talks about his first-hand experiences from a trip to China to pay the infamous Foxconn facility a visit.
There he was horrified to see the barbaric labour practices that go into making the world's favourite devices. Being an Apple fan all his life, it made Daisey reassess the way he saw his favourite piece of technology.
His monologue, he tells ZDNet Australia, is about the rise of Steve Jobs as the figurehead of modern technology, set in the backdrop of the exploitative third-world labour that got him there.
Daisey has performed the monologue in the US to an audience that included Apple co-founder and geek icon Steve Wozniak. Daisey recalls how Wozniak broke down in tears having seen the show, adding that he'd never be the same after seeing it.
Nerdcam interviewed Daisey at the Sydney Opera House recently.
Watch the video to have Mike Daisey shake up your tech bubble.