How cute is Gabriella?? I’m so mad I couldn’t attend this talk. I howled when Sven asked about the kidnapping in Mexico and the camera stopped. Boo.
I’ve never really quantified lolism as a measure of success, or even as a founding element of Anonymous. Understanding the evolution of Anonymous was super interesting, and I’m sure a lot of it had to do with Gabriella herself encasing her talk in lols. Though they are probably most associated with being the Rebel Force of the internet, I didn’t realize how strict their internal accountability system was/is. It reminds me of Mormonism. Not that I am an expert in this religion, but I grew up in a community where so many people were Mormon, and they truly valued the secrecy of their rituals and traditions that occurred behind closed doors. Revealing these secrets would result in excommunication from the church and lifelong banishment from their society. Without delving too much into my own personal religious beliefs, I will say when this system is put into the context of Anonymous—-it makes perfect sense. It’s almost a relief of sorts to know that there is accountability within a group of people that has the ability to wreak quite a bit of havoc into a system where so many secrets lay. When initially reading about Anonymous, I found myself asking Jack Bauer-esque questions from this system. How do you know that what you do is for the right cause? What if you’re being manipulated? What if someone is a mole?
And for no good reason other than its ridiculously accurate.. here’s the geek flowchart she mentioned.