In Search of Heroism: Early Days of Anonymous

There are different kinds of people who worship different kinds of heroes as mentioned in the previous input.The hero we are looking for here is a hero that does not do evil to other people, a hero that teaches good value which gives and eye opener to a person, and a hero that could possibly save the world from its corruption.

“Free-speech is non-negotiable.”
— Anonymous participant (Coleman, 2013).

Claiming that, Anonymous has only shown one side of its dynamic attribute. Truth is that, there are still many factors that contributed to the cause of Anonymous’ hacktivism besides the freedom of speech. In the upcoming inputs, there will be an in depth examination of Anonymous and its core, to find out — and determine, whether that Anonymous could be regarded as the hero of 21st century.

Early (year 2005) depiction of Anonymous shows that it doesn’t fit in the category of the hero we’re looking for —  a combination of deception and defiling Internet trolling acts with offensive and racist names like “Gay Niggers Association of America.” had landed Anonymous with the title of “Internet Hate Machine” (Fox News, 2009) by Fox News.

This “Internet Hate Machine” slowly gave way to more complicated trolling acts, and with the eventual participation of Anonymous in it’s first ever successful political protest driven by vengeance, and have themselves labelled as hacktivists — #OperationTitstorm, where a coordinated DDoS attack landed on the Australian government to protest legislation aimed at curbing pornography by requiring Internet service providers to use filters. This once again has shown none of the qualities of the hero we are looking for, but it is the sign that shows growth of Anonymous from Internet trolling to participating in political protests, giving away to more political activism participation in the future — the protest against SOPA for instance.

aBK6ZAz_700bThis could have easily become a poster material for hacktivist group Anonymous.

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Coleman, G (2013). Anonymous in Context: The Politics and Power behind the Mask. [PDF] The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Available at: <http://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/no3_8.pdf> [Accessed on 12th January, 2014]

Fox News (2009). “4Chan: The Rude, Raunchy Underbelly of the Internet,” April 8. In Coleman, G (2013). Anonymous in Context: The Politics and Power behind the Mask. [PDF] The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Available at: <http://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/no3_8.pdf> [Accessed on 12th January, 2014]

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