On “Anonymous”: OldFags versus NewFags
A number of oldfags (i.e., people who call themselves Anonymous and align themselves with the Lulz culture) have been leaving comments on this blog pointing and laughing at or scorning the newfags (i.e., anonymous Scientology protesters that call themselves Anonymous). I don’t blame them. While I personally do not agree with the oldfag culture of pissing off or screwing people for the lulz, that was the culture.
Then all of a sudden some of the people that were a part of this culture took it upon themselves to wage war on the Cult of Scientology – for good, and for the lulz. When Mark Bunker made a video message to Anonymous in which he encouraged them to move away from the cyber-terrorism approach and toward traditional grassroots activism, some of the original Anons switched over and many sideliners who had had their consciousness raised with regard to Scientology by Anonymous and the Old Guard Critics were ready to join the grassroots campaign. The result was that thousands of these moral crusaders – whom I’m very proud of, by the way – entered into a thorough-going moral war of awareness against the cult under the banner of Anonymous. The means and ends of those within this new movement were both staunchly at odds with many of those who had been calling themselves Anonymous for years prior to Scientology protest. And now this new movement which flies the flag of Anonymous has become the public face of Anonymous.
Who can blame the oldfags for being annoyed? Who can blame them for saying that Anonymous has been hijacked? As I understand it – and correct me if I’m wrong – the dominant culture of Anonymous prior to February was dedicated to anonymous immoral lulz. It was about being a bunch of faceless and feared assholes. Not about being free hug giving moral crusaders. While I personally have the highest of objections to this culture, that was the culture and I can fully understand why those who appreciated it are pissed.
Furthermore, I also see the risks for the moral/newfags of flying the same banner as the oldfags. Do the newfags really want to be so easily confused with this devilish group? Surely not. Perhaps a public facelift is in order. Many oldfags do not want to be associated with the newfags, and the newfags should not want to be associated with the old. One set of individuals who surely benefits from this confusion, however, is Scientology as they can now publicly cite the acts of oldfags to newfags.
Alright, gotta get back to class.