After watching the screening of the Yes Men’s Dow and Union Carbide prank, I was left thinking, “well, did Dow do anything after the prank? Was the prank effective?” I think the prank was definitely effective in that Dow stocks plummeted and awareness was raised about Bhopal, but I think the Yes Men should have taken their prank a step forward and broadcasted a protest or a petition or a lawsuit or something against Dow that would have substantial results for the people of Bhopal. I think they should have used the publicity and fame to call for action. I think they did an excellent job of raising awareness and revealing Dow as the awful company it is, but I wish they mobilized further to get tangible results for Bhopal. Thoughts?

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  1. katyschaefe says:

    This is an interesting and hotly contested question in the world of activism. Many activist groups and organizations are falling under scrutiny of people saying they are encouraging “slacktivism”, and actually have very little to show for their efforts. Similarly, NGO’s are being looked at more closely for their actual participation and contributions to the places and people they claim to be serving.

  2. mollyhaas16 says:

    Such an interesting point to bring up. I’m not sure if you saw the Yes Men speak at Benson the other week, but they actually talked about this. Their whole mentality was, no, they’re not making concrete change, but they’re part of a movement. And when you’re part of a movement, all you can do is your small part and maybe over lots of time see a shift. I think these guys are doing beyond their small part in contributing to that slow change, though I agree that the lack of tangible results is troubling.

  3. amihk says:

    I agree with you! But I also think that if they did do more protests or petitions, the companies would be more aware or scared of them that they would try to prevent their actions more. I think the intentions of The yes men was to make people ware of the solution and to support them rather than them being the leaders of a massive protest against a company.

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