On his TV show, Ed Schultz interviewed Mike Daisey who traveled to investigate conditions at Apple’s manufacturing plant in 2010. He found workers as young as 12-14 years old. Daisey returned to America, wrote, and performed a monologue entitled The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which is he is now releasing with a common use license (the opposite of copyright), allowing anyone to perform his work.
Apple has decided to let investigators audit their plant because of consumer complaints. Daisey was a big force in their decision. His action is proof that people of conscience – including consumers – can change the lives of working people. Somewhere, Harriet Beecher Stowe is smiling.