WTO NEWS: 2006 PRESS RELEASES. With a cursory glance the previous link looks like an official WTO press release, even looking at the URL it seems fairly official; however, upon closer inspection something doesn’t seem quite right. That is because this WTO Press Release is brought to you by the same people who brought you the documentary The Yes Men, “Changing the world one prank at a time.” Some might remember The Yes Men as an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival. A full description of their activities can be found at Wikipedia. To quote from Wikipedia,
“The Yes Men are a group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call “identity correction”. They pretend to be powerful people and spokespersons for prominent organizations, accepting invitations received on their websites to appear at symposiums and TV shows. They use their newfound authority to express the idea that corporations and governmental organizations often act in dehumanizing ways toward the public. Elaborate props are sometimes part of the ruse.”
Some of their targets have included, The World Trade Organization, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a list of predicitions for 2007, and going forward, I wonder if more sites like the one linked to above might begin to sprout up. I find it fairly surprising that the internet and technological innovation have not led to more of this type of culture jamming; but maybe that is just me.