“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
What makes Anonymous did what it did and why? Gabriella Coleman, Professor of Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University have an answer for that. He says that what’s happening right now is a generation of people whose lives are so connected with the Internet, that when they see threats to their culture they are willing to fight.
And we are talking about this small group of people, the good ones — the ones that believe that justice must be served and human rights are not to be taken away, the ones that believe in freedom of speech, and the freedom of internet, and they fight in the name of these.
A sub-community within Anonymous.
Turns out that, it wasn’t the hackers that doxed personal information; it wasn’t Anonymous – be it the early Internet Hate Machine or the latter half-hero community; and it wasn’t the heroic symbol of Anonymous that is tarnished by it’s desire for publicity either.
It was the ones who believed that human rights should be justified, that corruption should be fought, hypocrisy should be demolished, and state and corporate secrecy should be dissolved; it was the ones who fought the endless netwars with this believe.
They do not seek publicity, they just want justice to be served, corruption to be eroded, and human rights to be equal again, and they do this with the mask of Anonymous.
Because morally thinking, those who aspire for equal human rights and justice would never do wrong, and even if they, by any slight chance do, it was because the circumstances forced them to do so.
To bring up Green’s statement of a hero for examination, Green says that “a hero is always in the shadows and never in the spotlight and they would not have it any other way.”
And the arguments for Green’s statement:
- Do we know who are these Anons are in real life? No. We only know they belong to one entity — Anonymous.
- Have these people ever put themselves in the spotlight? No. Only the symbol of Anonymous gets all the PR.
- They would not want to have it any other way either. If they do, there will always be a way for them to publicize themselves.
All in all, it is the believes and fights carried out by these masked people on the Internet makes them the hero.
The masked, unsung heroes.