National Post on Anonymous
James Cowan has written an article for Canada’s National Post on the Orwellian Power of Anonymity. I was pleased to be interviewed for the piece. It is only partly about Anonymous and the Scientology organization but well worth reading.
Despite the lack of a leadership structure, membership list or other organizational accoutrements, Anonymous — which draws its name from the pseudonym used by most 4chan members — quickly established a Web site and plan of attack. On Jan. 21, a message was posted on several Web sites announcing Anonymous’ intentions. “Anonymous has decided that your organization should be destroyed,” a robotic voice intoned over images of clouds. “For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment, we shall proceed to expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology.”
“The initial impression is Anonymous must be a lot of kids,” said Mark Bunker, an Emmy-winning journalist and Scientology critic who has been adopted as a self-described “Obi-wan Kenobi” to Anonymous. “But I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of these people at protests and, yeah, there are a lot of students, but there are doctors and police officers and military and teachers and strippers — a wide range of people.”
The Anonymous campaign against Scientology amounted to guerrilla warfare, with protestors sniping at the Church while protected behind a wall of secrecy.
The article also talks about the artist Banksy. I got to see a piece he painted on a London building when I was out for dinner with a group of Anonymous in July.Explore posts in the same categories: Anonymous