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The man who told the ugly truth about Apple and its workforce abuses in China

I love my iPhone, God knows.  But for a few hours last weekend, I couldn't bear to look at it.  Those were the hours that followed a performance at the Public Theater in lower Manhattan titled "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" -- a one-man play, a monologue really, written and performed by the brilliant Mike Daisey.

DownloadedFileThe play presents Apple founder Steve Jobs as, simultaneously, a jerk and a genius, a great man who did terrible things, including ignoring the truly horrible abuses of hundreds of thousands of workers -- including children --  producing Apple products in China.

 Jobs is gone now but the problem lives on, although Daisey's play and a piece he did for NPR's "This American Life" have raised Americans' consciousness and begun to create change.

A front-page story in the New York Times in late January added to public awareness and pressure on Apple to change its ways.

It's not as if Apple doesn't have the money to fix the problem.  Wednesday, the company announced that its market capitalization had reached the astronomical figure of $500 billion.  Here is the skinny on that:
Apple's most recent earnings report.

But better yet, from the Daily Beast, here is Jacob Bernstein's story on Mike Daisey, the man who outed Apple.   Read it on your iPad if you must.  Then write an outraged email to Tim Cook, Jobs' successor ([email protected], according to literature passed out after the play), or rattle Apple's cage in some other way.

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