Anonifamous: The challenges of an idea in the wake of celebrity

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Can Anonymous itself survive the scrutiny of the public? Particularly in light of a Hollywood movie coming soon from Brad Pitt’s production house.

Originally posted on Morpheme Tales:

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The genesis of the hacktivist collective Anonymous is a far cry from either hacking or activism. It began as a way to raise hell, for a group of mostly kids tired of a rule-bound world to careen around in their digital clown cars smashing the mailboxes of the Internet’s Babbits.

Since that beginning, the group, insofar as it can be called a group, has changed. Repeatedly. It has moved from lulz, or kicks, to extremely earnest political activities, to self-celebration, and on the way, has alienated many, and not just those who consider the group vandals, but many of those vandals themselves.

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