Anonymous: Forget LULZ, were in it for revolution
By Andrew Couts | DigitalTrends.com
In a newly-released "open letter," hacker group Anonymous calls for a "peaceful revolution." Does this signal a change in ideology for a group that, until now, has simply been in it for the LULZ?
In a surprising move, hacktivist group Anonymous appears to have issued an open letter to the world, which calls for anyone with the will and the gumption to join in a peaceful revolution to create a better life for everyone.
From the letter:
You cannot sit on the couch watching television or playing video games, waiting for a revolution. You are the revolution. Every time you decide not to exercise your rights, every time you refuse to hear another view point, every time you ignore the world around you, every time you spend a dollar at a business that doesnt pay a fair wage you are contributing to the oppression of the human body and the repression of the human mind. You have a choice, a choice to take the easy path, the familiar path, to walk willingly into your own submission. Or a choice get up, to go outside and talk to your neighbor, to come together in new forums to create lasting, meaningful change for the human race
This is our challenge: A peaceful revolution, a revolution of ideas, a revolution of creation. The twenty-first century enlightenment. A global movement to create a new age of tolerance and understanding, empathy and respect. An age of unfettered technological development. An age of sharing ideas and cooperation. An age of artistic and personal expression. We can choose to use new technology for radical positive change or let it be used against us. We can choose to keep the internet free, keep channels of communication open and dig new tunnels into those places where information is still guarded. Or we can let it all close in around us. As we move in to new digital worlds, we must acknowledge the need for honest information and free expression. We must fight to keep the internet open as a marketplace of ideas where all are seated as equals. We must defend our freedoms from those who would seek to control us. We must fight for those who do not yet have a voice. Keep telling your story. All must be heard.
The letter, published this week on Anonymous-affiliated website AnonNews.org, may seem out-of-character for Anonymous, which is, by all accounts, a loose-knit group that collectively holds few (if any) idealistic positions. 4chan.org, the site from which Anonymous originated, is about as amoral as any place online.
To further prove that Anonymous is without a guiding doctrine, a note to journalists published on AnonNews states that Anonymous has no official position on a wide-variety of political talking-points, including taxes, global warming, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The only true stance Anonymous has taken is on LULZ the oft-stated motivating factor for Anonymous which is more or less the opposite of righteous action, and about as far from lasting, meaningful change for the human race as you can get.
That said, the groups round of pro-WikiLeaks attacks on Visa, Master Card and PayPal, their take-downs of government websites in the Middle East, and the newly-established Operation Wisconsin show that Anonymous does, at least some of the time, hold a moral compass. Whether or not that compass is consistent, however, remains unclear.
Most likely, truth about Anonymous ideals and intentions lie somewhere in the middle, between meaningless LULZ and twenty-first century enlightenment. Many of the press releases and open letters published to AnonNews are most likely written by a few members of Anonymous, and dont represent the sentiments of the group as a whole as if such a thing truly exists. But that doesnt mean the group wont evolve into something new, something with a cohesive guiding purpose. Well just have to wait and see. This letter could be the beginning.
Read the full letter here.
Article from: digitaltrends.com
Hacker group Anonymous infiltrates Westboro Baptist Church website
"Anonymous" Hackers Take Down Koch Brothers-Backed Americans For Prosperity Website
Top Story: Stephen Colbert *IS* Anonymous?
Wikileaks Infowar Update - Anonymous Launches Operation Leakspin
Who Are the "Anonymous" Hackers Supporting WikiLeaks?
Latest News from our Front Page
Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct
A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white male Euro-Christian construction.”
Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics.
Given its emphasis on first principles ...
The Broken Window Fallacy
Youtube description: This short video explains one of the most persistent economic fallacies of our day.
Jenji Kohan and the Jewish Hyper-Sexualization of Western Culture
As detailed in The Culture of Critique, Freud and his followers regarded anti-Semitism was a universal pathology which had its roots in sexual repression. The theoretical basis for this can be found in Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality where he linked aggression to the frustration of human drives — especially the sex drive. Kevin MacDonald notes that: ...
Confederate History - Dispelling the Myths
History books, the media, the school systems, etc abound in falsehoods and inaccuracies of Confederate and Southern history. This fact sheet will help to clarify and dispell some of these rampant inaccuracies.
MYTH - The War of 1861 - 1865 was fought over slavery.
FACT - Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain ...
Gays Rights May Open Door for Pedophile Rights
Democrats have attempted to normalize pedophilia as a sexual orientation.
A recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage may soon allow pedophiles to argue they are suffering discrimination.
âUsing the same tactics used by âgayâ rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals,â writes Jack Minor ...
|More News » |