In Anon terms, we would say #NewFags vs #OldFags…but I am beginning to wonder if perhaps, we need the term #NewAnonymous vs #OldAnonymous. Truth is, the term #NewBlood or #NewFag indicated a new member of the Hive who perhaps didn’t have a lot of skills, didn’t know the language or terms we use, kind of like an apprentice in the old crafts trade. An #OldFag, like the term “O G” or “original gangsta” was someone who has been around the game enough, perhaps, since Anonymous is relatively new broadly speaking, someone since the 4Chan days. And of course, Anonymous is an idea, but Anons know that when most regular folks talk about Anonymous, they are referring to the group of people identifying themselves as Anons, as if all were in harmony and consensus on things.
But, for now, let’s not think of Anonymous as an idea, but more like the common man thinks of it, as a general term for Anons. In the 4Chan days, people did things for lulz, posting outrageous pictures and captions, each trying to generate a meme that would continue on, or just outdo the rest. But, with the now infamous “Habbo Hotel Raid”and the pool is closed https://youtu.be/02o5bISvkCI Anons found they could actually get things done by working together.
Then, two seminal events occurred…the Hal Turner Show, a right wing racist conservative who made the mistake of going after a 4Chan member, and the Scientology showdown.
There weren’t a LOT of true hax0rs in the original Anon group, but nonetheless, they had pizzas delivered, building material delivered, things he had to pay for, AND they DDoSed his site (costing him a lot of money). Finally, Anons got some real hax0rs who got into his private email server,and found he secretly was spying on right wing extremist groups for the Feds.Well, this exposed Hal to fire from the right and the left, one thing led to another, and he ended up in Prison.
The second event that told the evolution of Anonymous, is beautifully told in the movie,
WE ARE LEGION, written and directed by Brian Knappenberger, and though there are
free copies on the net, I would suggest buying it because it is a great documentary and treats Anonymous fairly.
When Anonymous took on Scientology, the were up against a formidable group with money, lawyers, and would use at the drop of a hat. They were further weaponized with the DMCA, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which could be used to force video hosters to take down copyrighted materials. At issue was a video with Tom Cruise ranting about
how only scientologists knew what to do in situations like seeing a victim of a car wreck
and it was interspersed with giggling as if he was high on laughing gas. Frankly, it was an embarrassing video that Scientology did NOT want in general distribution.
Copies were downloaded, and started popping up all over the net (The early Streisand effect) but, just as soon as they went up, the places hosting them would get a cease and desist DMCA takedown order. Then, marches, Anons in masks started showing up worldwide…people who had been alone in their homes, could not hug, shake hands with real people whose screen names they only knew. For such a beginning group, they put a lot of shoes on the ground, and this personally walking together, facing against the
Scientologists, was an important part of the movement. You could SEE, hear, a sea of
Guy Fawkes masks, but more importantly, they were in unity.
Scientologist started sending private investigators after some Anons,and one in particular, Gregg Housh ended up in a long court case against the Scientologists (all that is described in WE ARE LEGION, the movie). But, the bottom line was that a group, Anons,
had gone in unity against another group, well funded and organized,and had not been
destroyed. Gregg has http://0v.org/ and now, has Rebel News, an online news portal for alternative news the mainstream doesn’t give you.
The concept of Anonymous is contained in the word…a sea of faces,all the same, working together, or at least, that’s what is WAS.
That was the “Old Anonymous” or Paleoanonymous. Now let’s talk about the “New Anonymous” or neoanonymous. In the same way that the family concept in the Paleoanonymous drew people in, who wanted to meet and work with new friends in an atmosphere of harmony, trying to right wrongs, and help people, this neoanonymous is driving people away. I heard from many Anons disturbed by their treatment.
This “every man for himself” idea started creeping into Anonymous like a cancer.
And now, there are too many Ops to count,and because of the separation of the people in one Op from another,that may be in the same area, suddenly we have negative competition “Our Op is better than your OP” which leads to wars, people fighting to become leaders, doxing of each other,lies, backstabbing, the same degeneration the Mafia found when their strong sense of “family” and “unity” broke down.
Of course we all think”Our Op” is important, or we wouldn’t be in it. For me, murder of wolves worldwide is something I fight, as well as trophy hunting…but I would never ever
d0x someone in #OpBeast or #OpSafeWinter or #OpDeathEaters.
We should be on the same side, protecting innocents, but what has happened is the degeneration into minor fiefdoms,with beauty shop rumors and lies, and figuring out which Anon you will go after next because he said he doesn’t like you.
The Neoanonymous is turning people away…not just noobs, but #OldFags as well…I know because I hear from both, and the same word keeps coming up, “infighting”.
People want to label people as fakes, liars, create fake screenshots in Photoshop….in short, brainwash people into thinking their friends are not their friends. I know some of
#OldFags like @CommanderXanon, who I do respect, @GreggHoush,and perhaps ,
Anonymous historian, Professor @biellacoleman will agree with me.
There is a point at which , no matter how much you love the idea of Anonymous,
what it has become, can turn your stomach…I say this because Anons are spying on Anons, screenshotting conversations, etc.
And, I don’t think if Barrett Brown or Jeremy Hammond, were they released today and saw what is, and what has happened to Anonymous, they would be pleased. The Old Anonymous, prior to Sabu was different I think.
The irony is that now, as the public’s view of us has changed for the better, the internecine (within the family) wars have grown out of control . I have referred to myself as an “ex-Anon” which is like calling yourself an ex-Marine…one you have entered that corps, there will always be memories, camaraderie with your mates.
Teachers are important. Role models are important. Heroes are important.
One gives us facts and how to do things, another tells us how to act while
we are doing them, another teaches us to help others, no matter the danger or cost.
I believe we need more good teachers,teaching New Bloods not only what exploits are,
and technical side, but also,how to be good, decent people,people not entrapped by
fakes,charlatans, feds, infiltrators, but also,not to get wrapped up in egofaggery…trying to make your 15 minutes of fame last an hour, or pretend you are an official spokesman.
Think about this…an Anon day after day, tried to help anyone and everyone who asks his help. He fights ISIS, pedos, animal abusers, child molesters, helps people with technical issues, and then, gets attacked by a group trying to drive him off Twitter, and that at
least one person he trusted,betrayed him to the bunch trying to destroy him as an Anon.
Put yourself in that place. Now, think about it…how would you feel about the “New Anonymous”.
My view is that we should have been a social movement from day one. Sure, taking down sites is cool, shows we have skillz, but sites get back up, and no real change has been made. Only through changing minds and laws can we really make lasting changes.
DD0Sing (which I see as digital protest much as old time sit-ins) can only do so much, get so much publicity, but in dd0sing hospitals, it will get pushback as well.
The old school (archaeoAnonymous) was powerful for unity, this NeoAnonymous, is a fragmented bunch who cannot see past their own agenda, and who ready to go to war with any Anon who do not fall in lockstep. Of course, Anonymous is not the Third Reich, so goosestepping, spying on your neighbor, and attacking anyone you don’t feel is a true national socialist isn’t in it….or is it. Have we fought the enemy so long we’ve become our own worst enemy.
They say you can’t teach an old dogs new tricks. Well, I guess this old dog has to stay with the old school Anons….the ones who don’t try to d0x each other, troll each other, the ones who stick together to fight for the same cause.
“When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.”
― Alysha Speer ―
Gandhi, spiritual/political leader: “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
“You become the monster you fear the worst, so the monster won’t overtake you.”
― Suzanne Weyn,
“Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.” ~Ancient Chinese Proverb
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