Gabriella Coleman: Anonymous

At first, it sounded implausible that something like 4chan, which was described by The Guardian as “lunatic, juvenile… brilliant, ridiculous and alarming,” could eventually serve as the platform to something as the Anonymous. But, hearing Gabriella Coleman’s words, the leap was not that big of a stretch. It is nothing less than remarkable how a group of people can start creating things, from a lolcat or a rickroll to civil activism. That’s surely a way to invalidate the old thought that money is the biggest if not the only motivator.

Anonymous Flag
Anonymous Flag

I began to read a bit about Anonymous and I found their flag. It is a statement of power, big (global) goals, and anonymity. And it could only come from the neighborhood where “pedobears” and “chocolate rain” became famous.

I am especially interested in “Project Chanology” because it deals with religious practices that are detrimental to civil progress. I also believe that Knowledge is free (or at least, should be) and my personal project in the class also addresses misinformation practices. The tone, strategies, and tactics from Anonymous and Project Chanology are radically different from mine but I feel there’s a common dissatisfaction.