Three months ago This American Life aired a story about Apple (and other electronics companies) and the way the labor practices of their partners in China.
The story exploded into the mainstream media. I am sure everyone has heard at least a little about it. The person who created the story for This American Life has been performing the story as a monologue since 2010.
This past week, This American Life came to learn that most of the story it aired was fabricated especially the most powerful parts. This American Life issued this retraction.
My question (to myself and to you) is what it is about our relationship to China and these other big companies that made this story so compelling. Why did we want to believe? Why was it so easy and gratifying for so many to bash Apple|?