Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Yes Men Fix the World

North American release of the latest agit-prop culture-jamming pranks from gonzo biz-busters The Yes Men.

When I watched their keynote presentation to 300 oil bidness types in Calgary in 2007, in which they posed as guest speakers from Exxon and the National Petroleum Council, I wondered - really - who would believe turning people into oil?

"We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant. We're not talking about killing anyone," said the "NPC rep. Shepard Wolff". "We're talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects every year. That's only going to go up - maybe way, way up. Will it all go to waste? That would be cruel."

Then they predicted a five-fold increase in tarsands exports to the US over the next five years.

I'm guessing it was the outrageousness of that last claim that ultimately gave them away.


No comments:

Blog Archive