The Yes Men、ニューヨークタイムズの偽物を配る

しばらく前に、The Yes Menから次の活動の寄付を募るメールが届いていた。まだかまだかと待っていたら、未チェックだった昨日のメールにこんな ものがあった。

November 12, 2008



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Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out
that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had
come to an end.

If, that is, they happened to read a “special edition” of today’s New
York Times.

In an elaborate operation six months in the planning, 1.2 million
papers were printed at six different presses and driven to prearranged
pickup locations, where thousands of volunteers stood ready to pass
them out on the street.

Articles in the paper announce dozens of new initiatives including the
establishment of national health care, the abolition of corporate
lobbying, a maximum wage for C.E.O.s, and, of course, the end of the

The paper, an exact replica of The New York Times, includes
International, National, New York, and Business sections, as well as
editorials, corrections, and a number of advertisements, including a
recall notice for all cars that run on gasoline. There is also a
timeline describing the gains brought about by eight months of
progressive support and pressure, culminating in President Obama’s “Yes
we REALLY can” speech. (The paper is post-dated July 4, 2009.)

“It’s all about how at this point, we need to push harder than ever,”
said Bertha Suttner, one of the newspaper’s writers. “We’ve got to make
sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do.
After eight, or maybe twenty-eight years of hell, we need to start
imagining heaven.”

Not all readers reacted favorably. “The thing I disagree with is how
they did it,” said Stuart Carlyle, who received a paper in Grand
Central Station while commuting to his Wall Street brokerage. “I’m all
for freedom of speech, but they should have started their own paper.”

なんと、The Yes Menは今回、『イラク戦争終結!』という号外を伝える120万部もの偽ニューヨークタイムズを作って各地でばらまいたのだ。一方、ニューヨークタイムズ自身はこれを喜んで受け止めている。あいにくPDF版はダウンロードできていないが、ちゃんと偽のサイトまで立ち上がっていて、こちらはまだちゃんと動いている。

素晴らしい。大枚はたいた甲斐があった。で、そのニセサイトだが、非常にこった作りになっている。まだぜんぜん読めていないのだが、例えば広告もダイアモンドの購入が奴隷労働を助長するというデビアスの宣伝、アメリカン・アパレルが(連邦法で規制されたから)これからは従業員の声にも耳を傾けますと主張する宣伝、Yes Menの標的としておなじみのエクソン・モービルが環境にもやさしいエネルギー開発を唱える宣伝などになっている。またサイト自体はWordPressで構築されているので、コメントも書き込めるようだ。

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