I found myself feeling very surprised after listening to the retraction podcast. This podcast really delved into Mike Daisey’s work, analyzing, critiquing and fact checking all of his claims about what he saw at the Foxconn factory in China, and seeing that such a large portion of his story had been made up, left me speechless. This follow up podcast made me realize that if information is framed in a convincing way, I am very likely to believe it- and if I’m believing it, a lot of other people probably are as well. The detailed recounts of Daisy’s observations were so rich in detail that I was easily convinced that everything he had observed and taken in on his trip to China had been factual. What was even more shocking about “Retraction” is that when interviewed by Ira Glass for the second time, he still actually believes that his story is valid, even after admitting that details were added, and things were switched around. Daisey took certain occurrences he had heard of happening in Chinese factories and pretended that they were visuals he had seen during his trip, such as hexane poisoning.
These podcasts show that its always important to consider your information source when doing research. Mike Daisey is an actor and a writer, so it should come as no surprise that his story wasn’t factual and accurate like that of a journalists would be. Daisey dramatized his stories and made them more emotional to get more of a reaction from his audience. So many forms of media do this exact same thing stories in the news, politics, turning everything into some kind of propaganda used to gain a following on a certain side of something.
Media is a funny thing, because it can be opinionated, biased, directed towards a right wing crowd, or a left wing crowd, media can be controlled by a government to only publicize what it wants its country seeing, and filter out what it doesn’t want being public. It is hard to form an accurate opinion on something when your sources have their own agendas. We know what we know by having the internet be as public as a forum as possible. Journalists truthfully report to newspapers. Things people see and think are publicized, so people can formulate their own opinions on things.