Friday, March 16, 2012

Define The Borders Between Journalism, Storytelling and Theater

Public people are just that - public. And we know public life can be vastly different from private life. Ask Anthony Weiner. Or Thomas McMartin.

Some in the public eye enjoy embellishing their credentials. It also goes by the name PR (Public Relations). Ask Nicki Minaj.

Sometimes lines are drawn... "facts" are corrected... hoaxes are exposed ... fakers are unmasked... a little too late...

Jessica Roy, on betabeat ::: "Remember that whole Apple/Foxconn debacle, wherein the New York Times questioned the human cost of the iPad's Chinese production? Yeah, neither do we.

It turns out that the majority of Americans have succeeded in ignoring the gnawing guilt they displayed a few months ago over the whole ordeal just in time for the release of the new iPad. Congratulations, short-term Internet memory! You win again." READ MORE

Then, there is this :::

The weekly public radio program “This American Life” said on Friday that it was retracting a story about Apple’s suppliers in China because of falsehoods with it, exposing tensions between journalism, storytelling and theater.

The story by Mike Daisey, originally broadcast on Jan. 6, was an adaptation of his one-man theatrical show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which dramatically conveys and condemns the working conditions at Foxconn, a factory in China where Apple products are made. The episode became the most popular podcast in the history of the program, the show said on Friday.

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