I go back and forth on Anonymous. I really admired Operation RollRedRoll, and I have a begrudging admiration for their ability to truly challenge authority in a way traditional, state-sanctioned protest simply can't. But their failure with Operation Ferguson really drove home how limited and problematic the group can be.
"Anonymous exists at the nebulous intersection of protest and hacking, with no true competition. But the group has not yet learned how to properly yield its small power to create consistent change. Playing both the villain and the hero, Anonymous vacillates between moral policeman of the Internet and prank-pulling trickster. Although the group fancies itself the watchdog of those in power, it is more often a paper tiger that comes apart without public outrage to hold it together. Until Anonymous finds an effective way to translate online rhetoric to real-world impact, the power of the group will remain limited."
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Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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