A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things
End of War in Iraq: The Yes Men and Steve Lambert
End of War in Iraq
Printed publication publicly distributed, 2008
The Yes Men and Steve Lambert (USA)
with 30 writers, 50 advisors, around 1000 volunteer distributors, CODEPINK, May First/People Link, Evil Twin, Improv Everywhere and Not An Alternative.
One week after Barack Obama was elected The New York Times hit the streets with the surprising headline: 'IRAQ WAR ENDS'. Over 80,000 copies of this 'Special Edition' of The New York Times were placed directly in commuters' hands, free of charge, in several cities around the United States. The paper closely matched the design, look, and feel of The New York Times in every way but for a few small details. Inside were 14 pages of 'best case scenario' news that describing the world as it could be eight months in the future.
Since the Special Edition was a tangible newspaper it transported people to a parallel world. For a few moments, in the minds of the readers, their hopes and dreams became real news.
The Yes Men describe themselves as 'a group who use any means necessary to agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, and then smuggle out the stories of their undercover escapades to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of big business. The Yes Men have impersonated World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation, and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world.'
The Yes Men would like to acknowledge their creative and logistical collaborators:
DANIEL S DUNNAM
FRANCES FOX PIVEN
THE ANTI-ADVERTISING AGENCY
MAY FIRST/PEOPLE LINK
EVIL TWIN BOOKING
NOT AN ALTERNATIVE
UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE
Server Survival Team
Video News Release Team
And many others
And many others