The Anonymous Carnival and "the Right of Wearing a Mask"


Jana Herwig writes one of the smartest articles I've seen about Anonymous.

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  1. With Anonymous, the hacktivist group…its backlog of activities features interventions such as the hacking and manipulating of epilepsy support forums with flashing animations, potentially triggering a seizure in people with photosensitive epilepsy.

    That’s so adorable!

    1. One of the problems with an organization such as this is that a minority of the members can act alone in their name and do things a majority of the members might oppose. Who is “Anonymous” after all? If it is leaderless what or who would stop this?

      Certainly this particular act is despicable; but most of their actions are either positive or neutral.

      1. Like DOS attacks?

        1. e-Picketing. If briefly not being able to get to a website is a life or death situation, you need to get a life.

          1. DOS attacks are akin to property theft. At best they are an act of aggression, the initiation of which libertarians used to be against.

            1. Does Anonymous claim to be libertarians or follow the non-aggression principle?

              1. Back in my day, hackers had to follow three different non-aggression principles for 12 hours a day, seven days a week. And we never even thought of calling people cunticles, that would be akin to assault.

        2. It is the equivalent of getting several hundred people to block the entrance of a storefront for a few hours, forcing people to push their way through the crowd to get inside.

          1. Actually it would be a better analogy to say it’s like getting a few hundred people to shove their way inside a business and disrupt it. Also, referring to script kiddie anons as hackers is silly. Maybe a small handful of them have legit skills, but anonymous is mostly beta males breaking online windows. Goonish /b/tards nerd-raging at the injustice in the world.

            1. Don’t forget ME!

      2. There is no organisation. There is just Anonymous.

  2. which libertarians used to be against.

    You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t’ mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi’ his belt.

    1. luxury!

  3. Oh, you had a paper bag? The luxury!

  4. Cool: Stealing somebody’s property with a computer

    Uncool: Stealing an anarchist’s computer

  5. While I appreciate Anon’s activities against Scientology because it satisfies some internal feelings of distaste for Scientology itself, but I’ll be really impressed when they go after the organization that has the legislative pen, the power of the police and the military.

  6. Constitution not silver bullet, Kemo Sabe.

  7. I thought it was going to be some boring old post, but it really compensated for my time.

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