Matthew Baldwin, who worked with Mike Daisey at Amazon in the late ’90s, quoting from Daisey’s appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher:
Daisey: People work on that line tirelessly, hour after hour until
they drop. I met people who were —
Maher: Until they drop?
Daisey: They drop. A worker at Foxconn died after working a 34
And here there’s the slightest of pauses, as if Daisey has reached
the end of the statement. But then he adds, almost mechanically:
Daisey: … while I was in China.
A worker did indeed die after a 34 hour shift. But the truth of
this fact isn’t enough for Daisey; he has to then attach to it
some connection, however tenuous, to himself. A Chinese man didn’t
just die; he died while Daisey was in China.