Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Yes Men Strikes Again

Television is one form of media where people get their information from. When reporters are too lazy to do any actual journalistic work, not just filling in the 5-W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why), we then get stories like this one from CNN about an imposter who fooled Louisiana officials.


In CNN’s story, the person in question is only known as “Rene Oswin”. He is really Jacques Servin, also known as Andy Bichlbaum. He is a former employee of Maxis, who was fired after secretly adding code into the game SimCopter, which would cause sprites of males in swimming trunks kissing each other to appear on certain dates. This was not discovered until after the game had been released.


Rene, Jacques, or Andy is part of The Yes Men group. The stunt he did in Louisiana is not the first time. My personal favorite is the one when they gave a talk posing as spokespersons for World Trade Organization and McDonald’s.


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