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American monologist Mike Daisey visited a factory in Shenzhen, China where Apple products are manufactured and then wrote a monologue about his experiences there, combined with details on the life of Apple’s late founder, Steve Jobs.

Now, many Apple fans – and there are many, many Apple fans – speak of Steve Jobs as if he is a great philosopher, superman or even god, rather than a creative businessman who made a hell of a lot of money in the usual ways people make a hell of a lot of money. I mean he made products that people like, but he also withheld technology, manufactured overseas at very low cost, and charged a lot for his designer gadgets.

When Jobs died there was a huge public outpouring, with zillions of Facebook posts and Tweets eulogizing this silicon messiah.

But was he such a great guy? Was he even a good one? And can’t we like products without thinking the CEO of the company that makes the products we like is a wonderful person and role model, especially if those products are made with what is tantamount to slave labor?

Well, I’m not going to harp on about this much more, but I would encourage you all to watch these video interviews of Mike Daisey’s visit to China. I also encourage you to visit Daisey’s website and check out this article in the Guardian about his open source approach to his script, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’.

Here is Mike Daisey being interviewd on MSNBC’s The EdShow:

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And on Real Time with Bill Maher: