What Does Anonymous Want?

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Politics

Gabriella Coleman has done field work on the group “Anonymous,” and argues in Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy that the group is not violent or dangerous. They’re only out for laughs, laughs of a particular kind indicated by the term lulz, which Coleman defines as “a deviant style of humor and a quasi-mystical state of being.”

She acknowledges that Anonymous unexpected has become a direct-action political force: “Anons could be found at the heart of hundreds of political ‘ops’ – becoming integral, even, to some of the most compelling political struggles of our age. In solidarity with Tunisian protesters, Anonymous hacked the Tunisian government’s websites in January 2011; months later, Spain’s indignados beamed the collective’s signature Guy Fawkes mask onto a building in Plaza del Sol; and Anons disseminated the first calls to occupy Wall Street. Anonymous became even more widely known two years later in December 2010, the result of ‘Operation Avenge Assange.’”

Full Story @ [First Things]

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