About a year ago, Ayesha Kazmi wrote an article exploring the connection between Anonymous and the Occupy movement. She found that "Occupy Wall Street has used social networking media as a positive organisational tool. When it emerged that a handful of activists were prepared to incite rioting and provoke the police days before Occupy Wall Street was to begin, Anonymous developed a Twitter application called URGE, launching an online campaign designed to quell potential violence. Anonymous 'culture-jammed' Twitter with messages to keep protests peaceful, using top Twitter trends from around the world.
The involvement of Anonymous activists has also helped the movement make new connections."
Occupy has just celebrated its 1st Anniversary. But the Baltimore Sun throws a wet blanket on the party, noting that "The 1 percent are winning." The Sun says the movement fizzled - or - to quote from a commenter on the website: "It was like a press release without a headline, they got all the attention but there was no actionable message. Sorry to break it to them, but movements do need leaders and a coherent message."
I came across this remark today ::: "To say whether Occupy was a success or a failure depends on how you define it." One might argue that the same can be said for the hacker movement, Anonymous. But Anonymous was (is?) "more than that..."
I just finished ‘We Are Anonymous’ by Forbes' London bureau chief Parmy Olson - Olson spent a year researching Anonymous - if you're planning to read this book, do it NOW - by Christmas it will be passé. That's only because time is so speeded-up here on the internet. In the case of Anonymous, there actually were leaders who defined the legion, but, crafty and savvy as they were, they were unmasked, deer-in-headlights style, in the briefest moments of breach. Parmy's book is a fascinating read - one I just couldn't put down - I absorbed it in just 3 sittings!
Here is a link to a Google-powered search for photographs of arrested Anonymous hackers.
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