I just read the website about YesMen, who are people that impersonate others to get their version of the 'truth' out. The first article i read was about these YesMen impersonating Exxon oil executives at conference just today. Not only did they falsely imply that they were the executives giving this talk, but they were believed. They gave a speech about how Exxon had been researching into different fuel methods after oil, including using humans that are already dead to be burned into oil, much like the former whaling industry. These men went so far as to say that the candles they had everyone hold were a dead janitor. Although at this point people caught on, I had to ask what the point was. What kind of Truth, with a capital T are the YesMen trying to bring?
To me, I wonder where in this new media the accountability has gone. With this YesMen, posting articles, and essentially breaking into/stealing identities and giving out false information, where is the accountability? I think that not only is this idea to me a rather stupid one, but it cannot be legally sound.
I guess if you think the point of it all is to make other people think, then the YesMen accomplish it, but if I were in the audience listening to a lecture that was supposed to be based in factual evidence and by true authorities in their field, I don't think I would think it that funny. I think there are better ways to bring about attention to issues than to impersonate others and look like nothing more than prankster frat boys.