01 Mar '12, 7am

Dow Chemical Pays Corporate Spies to Track Activist Group | Care2 Causes

Dow Chemical Pays Corporate Spies to Track Activist Group | Care2 Causes

Maybe you’ve heard of The Yes Men . They’re a group of performance artists/activists who engage in what they call “identity correction”: posing as representatives of large corporations in order to point out their hypocrisy and publically humiliate them. They’ve crashed conferences, industry events, and even world news. Many people’s first exposure to The Yes Men was when they pulled a high-profile prank on Dow Chemical Company in 2004. The BBC contacted the group through a spoof website they’d created which, among other things, credits DDT, a Dow product, with “the birth of the modern environmental movement.” (The site even has a disclaimer acknowledging it’s not an official Dow site, but apparently no one noticed the fine print.) So, The Yes Men agreed to send a media representative on behalf of Dow to discuss the 1984 Bhopal tragedy on its 20th anniversary. The “represen...

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