In “Meet the Yes Men, the Political Satirists Who Punked GE”, I was shocked to learn of the financial situation of GE. They had earned so much money, yet they weren’t paying taxes and on top of that received a 3.2 billion dollar tax benefit. Its mind boggling to me how that could have happened. Although reports said they would give it back, it was because of a”public outcry”. The “Yes men” have spoofed the GE tagline and have “forced the multinational corporation to come out and quell investors’ fears it was giving back money received…”. The Yes men have taken upon themselves to take important pressing issues in society and make them into jokes so reporters are able to write about it. Something interesting about the men interviewed in this article is that they have regular day jobs, but they felt like activists at heart, which to me I feel is more important. As long as you love the cause your fighting for, does it really matter what your day job is? Servin is quoted as saying, “We create a fake story to expose the truth”. Everyone has opinions and different ways to make their voices heard and this is how the “Yes Men” have chosen to do it. They seem to be very successful because they are getting their work out there and making sure people see their spoofs.
In “Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero?”, I felt that Steven Aftergood brought up an interesting part of WikiLeaks that I haven’t heard yet. He brings up the fact that WikiLeaks was wrong about an investigation in Belgium about child abuse and murder, which ended up hurting innocent people. He mentioned that Belgium government was only attempting to block the website as a precaution for themselves. I think that people think that they are getting all this information and suddenly think they aren’t in the dark anymore about whats going on in the world but what was said about Belgium wasn’t true, we are still being left in the dark.
Glenn Greenwald also brings up valid arguments. He says that WikiLeaks is still a new organization and like every organization, makes mistakes. I do agree with him because a baby doesn’t learn to walk once its born. They are making progress by slowly exposing the Governments in the US and also around the world. So the little progress that they have made can easily already change the world in so many ways. So is Julian Assange a hero? I guess it depends who you ask, some might appreciate him acknowledging the fact that people want to know what is going on in their country but there are also those that don’t want to be embarrassed or have their lives effected by untrue reports.