Fire With Fire

In the beginning of the semester, we watched a video on Anonymous. My initial impression was mixed on them. In one sense society needs a group to counter or keep in check the government. They are the policemen of the internet, and for any injustice that takes place, they respond. On the other hand, they behave like a terrorist group. The video showed them picking out individuals during the Occupy Wall Street Movement and posting their personal information online. I think it’s funny that members have to come out and say, “we are not a terrorist group.” Just that statement alone kind of makes them a terrorist group.

So this begs the question, do we really need Anonymous? What have they really done? My point is that individuals in society step up and fix the problems that government or corporations create. When the government started shutting down Napster and Kazaa, torrents took its place. When Myspace become stale, Facebook took its place. And when Facebook upgraded to timeline, individuals stepped up and created social fixer which promises to make Facebook infinitely better with one browser extension. The point being that even though megaupload and piratebay has come under government attack, society will step up and create alternatives. It seems that there is no need to form a group on the internet, plan protests, and promote their way of thinking. Recent events have shown that individuals are taking actions in their own hands. They see a problem, create a solution, and share that solution to everyone.

The lure of Anonymous is unquestionable. From their logo and mystic to their counter-culture approach, they have captured numerous of followers making them national news and even earning a spot on the Times 100 most influential people of 2012. Yet, Napster, Facebook, and Kazaa, were all created by individuals or groups of individuals who wanted to create something or fix a problem they saw. Does society really need a group like Anonymous when individuals of society are creating the real change?

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~ by digitalamericathebeautiful on May 6, 2012.

One Response to “Fire With Fire”

  1. They are the policemen of the internet, and for any injustice that takes place, they respond.

    This is a total and intellectually irresponsible exaggeration.

    I think it’s funny that members have to come out and say, “we are not a terrorist group.” Just that statement alone kind of makes them a terrorist group.

    WHAT? So let’s say you started an organization to help the homeless in such a way that it kind of pissed some people off and someone branded you a terrorist. You proceed to deny that your organization is a terrorist group. So you are now “kind of” a terrorist group? Come on, think your logic through here.

    It seems that there is no need to form a group on the internet, plan protests, and promote their way of thinking. Recent events have shown that individuals are taking actions in their own hands. They see a problem, create a solution, and share that solution to everyone.

    How have Anonymous’ actions not met the standards that you have outlined above?

    You’re contradicting yourself here.

    In the context of your argument Anonymous’ “solution” is to embarrass companies and institutions that keep peoples’ personal information without properly safeguarding it. The problem is that companies like Sony are keeping your data in an insecure fashion! Is Sony going to admit this? No, especially if no one tests their system. Which Anonymous did.

    When they went after law enforcement agencies and security companies the irony only increased. Here are the institutions that are supposed to guard information… and they aren’t.

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