On the 12 November 2008 the Yes Men published a fake edition of the ” New York Times ” and supported by thousands of volunteers, the Yes Men were able to distribute 1,2 million of those faked newspapers for free.
On the header, there were several significant features indicating that the given information were not true :
- On the one hand, this release was for free.
- On the other hand, in the upper corners one could see that this was a ” Special Edition “and that those information were ” All the News We Hope to Print”.
- Another point to mention were the obviously edited pictures .
- At least the date should have aroused the people’s doubt.
The reactions were ambivalent. While some people instantly recognized the hoax, others hardly comprehended what was going on. They were overheaped with pleasant changes and were not capable of expressing their happiness.
It has to be faced that the Yes Men intended to make the people aware of the miserable political situation, they are in. By means of showing them the ” better world “, the Yes Men attempted to appeal to the people’s will for a change. Therefore the people should have been encouraged to think and to improve their political position.
- An argument to put this action in favour is that like everyone, the Yes Men have the right to express their way of thinking.
- In addition, the purpose of this operation is a good one because they wanted to encourage people to escape their miserable political situation.
- Apart from that, the people’s interest might be attracted and due to the large target group, they probably partly achieved their purpose.
- A Negative aspect was that the Yes Men obviously harmed the New York Times’ reputation and their seriousness.
- There is also no doubt that according to the ignorant readers, not realizing the hoax ,the given information might have caused subsequent operations based on those articles.
- Above all, it was certainly not right before the law.
The habitual New York Times reader and the average American should have been aware of the wishful thinking. Therefore, I’m convinced that the release of the faked New York Times had positive intentions but even though all actions have not only positive consequences but also negative ones, in this case the advantages dominate.