The Yes Men

Who are the Yes Men?

The Yes Men are a group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call “identity correction”. They pretend to be powerful people and organizations and then use their newfound authority to espouse what they think those groups really believe. Its two leading members are known by a number of aliases, most recently, and in film, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. Their real names are Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos, respectively. Servin is an author of experimental fiction, and was known for being the man who inserted images of men kissing in the computer game SimCopter. Vamos is an assistant professor of media arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. They are assisted by numerous people across the globe, including media artist Patrick Lichty, graphic designer Matt McElligott, costume designer Sal Salmone, and many others. For their first prank, in the 1990s, they swapped the electronics of talking Barbie and GI Joe toys and then returned them to the store. They then issued a message as the “Barbie Liberation Organization.” The pair later set up a mock web site claiming to be that of the World Trade Organization. When the site received invitations to speak on behalf of the WTO, they made a series of keynote lectures at international conferences with deliberately absurd proposals for economic development and labor relations. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yes_Men)  

What do they do?  

The Yes Men perform identity theft. They are honest people that target those they see as criminals and take their identity.  They impersonate big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Their targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else. The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world’s most powerful criminals at conferences the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities. (http://www.theyesmen.org/).  

Check out the Yes man Movie Trailer

  http://www.theyesmenmovie.com/  

Check out this live footage of when they stole the identity of Dow Chemical www.yesmen.org/

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2 Responses to “The Yes Men”

  1. noon Says:

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  2. Molly Pekula Says:

    I really appreciate this resource! I love hacktivism and have just gotten into learning more about it. Thank you for your blog.

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