It is up in the air whether Daisey’s work has made any lasting impact: positive or otherwise. Will China ever really adjust abusive labor practices, specifically at FoxConn? ABC News reported that “Foxconn has promised to lower overtime hours without lowering pay, a move that could raise the cost not just of Apple products but all electronics. “
Are people like Mike Daisey hurting the cause rather than helping it? Bill Maher said to Daisey in an interview before the scandal in early February, “I bet it’s going to start to change now, and you are part of the solution.”
On his list of upcoming appearances, he has two new shows in development. Will people come see these shows? And if they do, do they genuinely want to hear what Daisey has created now? Or do they just want to see the guy who lied about Apple?
In addition, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will be presented in four different venues before August. Honestly, when I first saw that the list of upcoming appearances on Daisey’s website still included Steve Jobs (notably with a run at the acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.), I was shocked, but it speaks to his reputation that people still want to see him perform.
The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C. is presenting The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs July 17 thru August 5th, despite the controversy. I’m personally curious about whether the show will still attract a crowd, especially considering the following: “Woolly Mammoth will be offering refunds to patrons who purchased tickets to this run of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs prior to March 21, 2012.”
On March 27th, he wrote on his blog :
“When THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS is performed again in just a few days, it will have changed. It will have none of the material called into question on This American Life, and nothing in the piece will break the rules I have developed over years with my audiences.”