Though I've never met him, I really do owe a debt to Joey Skaggs. There is something undeniably affirming about his work that somehow worked it way into my life and a long career - conjuring a crafty idea, one that you have a creative passion for.
In view of the recent exposure of the PRISM program by Edward Snowden, one might think journalist Barrett Brown would be in the news discussing the new revelations, but he isn't. He is in federal custody, facing charges that add up to 105 years in prison. The question is: Why?
Guerrilla-style political activism is regularly carried out on both sides of the ideological spectrum. But that doesn't answer the question of whether either side will ultimately benefit from these shenanigans.
This week Peabody Energy agreed to a typical class action suit remedy: provide a free inhaler to any child afflicted with asthma who lives close to a coal-fired power plant. There's only one problem: the press release was a prank by culture-jamming satirists.
It would appear that once again, a Yes Men-style prank has caught us all napping. Earlier today, news broke that General Electric had agreed, amid public outcry, to "donate" the entirety of their $3.2 billion tax refund to the federal government.
There's a blog to be written about Greatest Films of All-Time about Workers and work themes but for now, lets look at those made or released in the last year. In terms of feature films, there are 5 standouts.
Armed only with cheap suits, fake websites, a few props and nuts the size of Survivaballs, the Yes Men have become infamous for infiltrating corporate events pretending to be spokesmen for government agencies or some of the world's most powerful companies.