Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Yes Men do it again (Updated)

These newspapers were distributed throughout New York City early today:(Via the albany project)

John Lennon's "War is over, if you want it" line comes to mind. I'm sure some people ridicule it (as the idiotic comments on the gawker link prove), but I find activism like this is genuinely powerful stuff, and these days no one does it better than the Yes Men.

Update: Even better, they made a full online edition filled with articles, although none are even close to as funny as this fake Thomas Friedman column:
The sudden outbreak of peace in Iraq has made me realize, among other things, one incontestable fact: I have no business holding a pen, at least with intent to write.

I know, you’re thinking I’m going too far. I haven’t always been wrong about everything. I recently made some sense on global warming and what we needed to do about it, for instance.

But to have been so completely and fundamentally wrong about so huge a disaster as what we have done to Iraq — and ourselves — is outrageous enough to prove that people like me have no business posing as wise men, and, more importantly, that The New York Times has no business continuing to provide me with a national platform.

In any case, I have made a decision: as of today, I will no longer write in this or any other newspaper. I will immediately desist from writing any more books about how it’s time for everyone to climb on board the globalization high-speed monorail to the future. I will keep my opinions to myself. (My wife suggested that I try not to even form opinions, but I think she might have another agenda.)

Baffled? I don’t blame you. So I’ll cite some facts to support my decision — a practice, I must admit, I have too seldom followed.


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