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Steve Wozniak comes out in support of Mike Daisey, says 'his method succeeded'

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In an interview with CNET today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he supported performance artist Mike Daisey, even in the wake of revelations that he had fabricated portions of a monologue about working conditions in China.

Steve Wozniak image from Flickr
Steve Wozniak image from Flickr

The furor over performance artist Mike Daisey's misrepresentation of facts in an episode of This American Life has led to a retraction from TAL and a back-and-forth between all parties involved — but one individual that's standing by Daisey is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In an interview with CNET today, Woz stated that he thought Daisey's work was a positive force that had steered the public conversation in the right direction, comparing it to informative political satire like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. "I think his monologue has influenced Apple to take steps in that direction the best they can," Wozniak said of Daisey. "Because people must know there are workers who can't get medical coverage and are underage and are put on a blacklist that prevents them from getting work again."

Of course, Daisy's allegation of underage workers at Foxconn is one of the very points that was discredited by his own translator, according to Marketplace report Rob Schmitz. Additionally, much of the uproar has not been directed towards Daisey's monologue itself, but rather the misrepresentation of certain fictional elements as fact in both the TAL piece as well as in a now-redacted editorial for the New York Times. That said, the need for further investigation into Foxconn — and factory working conditions for the consumer electronics industry as a whole — remains quite clear.