These American Lies
We now know that Mike Daisey’s This American Life segment about Apple’s factories was full of fabrications. I wrote a piece for GOOD about what it means to be told something is true, and then find out it’s not:
Nothing is more depoliticizing than being lied to, and a close second is being condescended to. An exaggeration, oversimplification, or lie is not a persuasion tool; it’s a form of coercion. It’s a way of treating adults like children—of taking away our power to make up our minds independently. When people feel forced, they don’t want to comply; they want to rebel.
Here’s a link to my chat with BBC World News about the topic.