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What 'The Yes Men Fix the World' really accomplishes
These 'politically progressive pranksters' are entertaining, but do they do any actual good?
 

The Yes Men Fix the World is a "glorious testimony to the moral power of satire," said David Edelstein in New York magazine. In their second documentary, "politically progressive pranksters" Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (not their real names) attack "what they see as the capitalist credo (profit over human life)." Like Sacha Baron Cohen, the Yes Men "specialize in gulling the unsuspecting"—the difference is, "their agenda isn't rooted in humiliation" (watch a trailer for The Yes Men Fix the World).

These "anti-globalist performance guys" are "masters of forging corporate rhetoric and media protocols," said J. Hoberman in The Village Voice. They're "funniest when addressing a straight audience, making outlandish claims in favor of the free market and the benefits of unregulated catastrophe." Unfortunately, the Yes Men "almost never draw blood," so they're essentially just entertainers.

"As entertaining as they are," said Stephen Holden in The New York Times, it is hard to know whether the Yes Men's "high jinks accomplish much beyond momentarily embarrassing the corporations and government agencies they misrepresent at business conferences and public forums." In fact, "their failure to shame companies like Dow Chemical into doing what the Yes Men believe to be the right thing brings up the question of why they bother."

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