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.

One Nation Under CCTV

"One Nation Under CCTV"

Explore posts in the same categories: Anonymous

2 Comments on “National Post on Anonymous”

  1. Anon Says:

    Rock on anonymous & the man that is Mr Bunker!! banksy kind of embodies the anarchist ideology Anonymous has adopted as to the Church of Scientology.

  2. Vistaril Says:

    It is worth illustrating with counterpoint recent trash published in the Pasadena Weekly in Pasadena, California. The author wrote what was at best a soft-shoe piece coddling Scientology, and at worst a piece labeling Anonymous a hate group. Would love it if you joined in providing some of your well-known counterpoint, or pointing to this shoddy piece of journalism in your blog!

    Thank you Wise Beard Man!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: