Welcome to the first installment of Unsolicited Bonus Opinion. In my purely academic study of stuff white people like I ended up listening to the most recent episode of This American Life (and also just about every other episode of it for the last few years or so).
This week’s (found here) is an uncomfortable hour of Ira Glass berating this writer who performed a monologue on their show a couple months ago. That older episode had the performer, Mike Daisey, talking about his trip to an Apple factory where he saw some pretty terrible human rights violations. It’s actually pretty good, I’d still recommend listening to it. In fact, that’s the point of my bonus opinion today.
Mr. Daisey pointed out that he is a memoir writer and theater performer, not a journalist. His job is to create stories that move people, to action in this case. His story succeeds there. Sure, he bent the truth more than a journalist would, but even journalists spin their stories to one degree or another.
I can understand how the less than perfect labeling might anger some NPR listeners, but I, for one, don’t really care.
I’d rather have a great story based on a bit of truth than the other way around. But maybe that’s just me. What’s your opinion on the matter?
Until next time.
Unsolicited Bonus Opinion #1