Every now and then, we remember that there are poor people in the world, and sweatshops become news. Jonah Peretti, the click-accumulating mastermind behind the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, got his start in viral journalism 15 years ago by baiting Nike with a chain of witty emails requesting that his personalisable Nike trainers be emblazoned with the word SWEATSHOP. With Peretti having moved on to grander projects, stage storyteller Mike Daisey picked up the baton and delivered a riveting monologue: The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. It was about Daisey’s heroic unmasking of appalling working conditions in Chinese factories that make iPads. It made compelling radio when This American Life aired it in 2012. It was even more compelling when This American Life retracted the episode shortly afterwards. Ira Glass, the show’s host, wrote: "Daisey lied to me." Economics offers a less click-worthy perspective. We shouldn’t be surprised if people making sneakers and iPads are paid badly ...

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