Mike Daisey is making headlines with The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a stirring monologue about his love of Apple and disappointment with working conditions in Apple’s supplier factories.
Daisey’s monologue details his trip to China and his time with workers from Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant. If you want to read the monologue yourself, you can now do so at Mike Daisey’s website.
The well-known storyteller released the text of his performance under an open license which lets you not only download the passage, but perform the work yourself. Daisey writes that his work “may be performed by anyone, anywhere, royalty free.”
The text is moving, but it doesn’t compare to a live show which infuses energy and emotion into the words. Our own Mike Rose attended one of Daisey’s performances, and you can read about his impressions in an earlier post. Now that the text is available to the public, I look forward to derivative works which capture a different aspect of this stirring account.