Sunday, March 18, 2012

Truth Pushes Up Daisey

MAYBE the Silly won't have to correct the record and apologise for lionising a fashionable fraud. Theatrical intellect Alison Croggon examines the Mike Daisey campaign of lies against Apple, the one young Asher Moses was so keen to parrot, and explains that the issue is not about making stuff up, it's about "the illegality of imagination in contemporary culture."

There’s no doubt that the facts he’s retailing are pretty much true, whether or not he personally witnessed them, as anyone who reads the accounts of Foxconn elsewhere would know; but putting his work in the context of TAL* would only make the distinction between the ethics of journalism and theatre more confused. There’s a larger question underneath there, about the illegality of imagination in contemporary culture, and the passive acceptance of various kinds of authority, that I find disturbing.

Ah, that explains everything: A lie is not a lie if you approve of the person telling it.

Trouble is, even if you accept Croggon's fuzzy point about theatre having some sort of dispensation to pad narratives with fabulism, Daisey was reciting those same lines and lies offstage -- where young Asher was lapping them up, taking them down, and spreading them around in his capacity as the Silly's technology editor.

Clearly, what young Asher must do is get Croggon in his noggin' and stand by the Silly's fake-but-accurate coverage of all the people Apple has driven to suicide and the child workers it has murdered. To argue otherwise might be construed as supporting "the illegality of imagination" and a newspaper reporter -- a Silly reporter, at any rate -- would never want to be caught doing that.


  1. "the passive acceptance of various kinds of authority". May we assume by this that Croggon is a strong opponent of the recommendations of the Finkelstein Repor??

  2. ... the illegality of imagination in contemporary culture, and the passive acceptance of various kinds of authority, that I find disturbing.
    Let's leave the bit about imagination to one side, for the moment. It's too silly.
    The second part is arguably fraudulent for anyone on the left of the political spectrum to spout. It is, after all, the left who want to legislate good behaviour, punish wrong thinking, regulate public utterances, and by authoritarian means redistribute money from the productive to the indolent. It's the right who want less government (aka authority) telling us all what to do.
    Now back to that first absurdity. I suspect it's only a matter of time and opportunity until, if the left can organise it, you can go to jail for what you're thinking, if you're thinking things not approved of by them.
    Making up false stories about business, climate, mining, multiculturalism, the benefits of the arts, the nobility of the left, the corruption of conservatives ... all these will get a free pass.

  3. The old "False but true" principle.