The Weapons Of The Geek: Putting Anonymous Into Context

from the politics-and-power...-technology-and-anonymity dept

Professor Gabriella Coleman, who has studied hacking culture, Anonymous and a variety of related topics for years, recently published a new paper, entitled Anonymous in Context: The Politics and Power behind the Mask. It’s a quick, but very worthwhile read. If you’ve followed Anonymous for years, you’ll probably already be aware of much of what’s in the paper, but it does a really nice job running through much of the history of Anonymous, the misconceptions about Anonymous, and frequent (failed) attempts by the press to accurately describe Anonymous. It also does a really nice job discussing the concept of the “weapons of the geek,” and how Anonymous is really a fascinating demonstration of how technology is allowing a group of technologically savvy folks to get involved in activism and protest in ways that simply weren’t possible before. If you’re interested in this stuff (and you should be), go check it out.

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