Addressing Climate Change One Prank at a Time

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last week close to a million New Yorkers received a special edition of the New York Post emblazoned with the giant headline: "We're Screwed!" Plausible as the headline seemed, the paper was not the work of the Post staff, but rather an elaborate prank by The Yes Men, a group dedicated to pranking for change. We talk to one of the two Yes Men, Mike Bonnano (his partner-in-pranks, Andy Bichlbaum, would have joined us, but is still in jail after being arrested yesterday) about their goals, their pranks and their agenda for the week. We also talk to Steven Heller, co-chair of MFA design at the School for Visual Arts, about whether such pranks change conversations in a positive way or just distract from important topics.

For more from the Yes Men, check out their movie, The Yes Men Fix the World, which opens nationally on October 23rd, or read their book The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization.

Lately the Yes Men have been touting the benefits of a new product, the Survivaball. Click through for more videos from the Yes Men:

Here's the trailer for the Yes Men movie

And here is Yes Man, Andy Bichlbaum, on the BBC as Dow Chemical representative Jude Finisterra:

Guests:

Mike Bonnano and Steven Heller

Contributors:

Melissa Locker

Comments [1]

Nicole

I love the Yes Men and have been alerted to serious issues as a result of their work. I'm too young to remember Bhopal when it actually happened so learning of this prank caused me to look up what actually happened and Dow's side of the story.

Sep. 23 2009 09:58 AM

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