This is an Internet-based, non-extremist, socialist community movement that looks for answers to questions that are unanswered.
Gabriella Coleman writes of the group, "In some ways, it may be impossible to gauge the intent and motive of thousands of participants, many of who don't even bother to leave a trace of their thoughts, motivations, and reactions. There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.' Because Anonymous has no leadership, no action can be attributed to the membership as a whole.
Among those that do, opinions vary considerably." Broadly speaking, Anons oppose Internet censorship and control, and the majority of their actions target governments, organizations, and corporations that they accuse of censorship. Parmy Olson and others have criticized media coverage that presents the group as well-organized or homogeneous; Olson writes, "There was no single leader pulling the levers, but a few organizational minds that sometimes pooled together to start planning a stunt." Olson, who formerly described Anonymous as a "brand", stated in 2012 that she now characterized it as a "movement" rather than a group: "anyone can be part of it.
Anons were early supporters of the global Occupy movement and the Arab Spring. It is a crowd of people, a nebulous crowd of people, working together and doing things together for various purposes." Brian Kelly writes that three of the group's key characteristics are "(1) an unrelenting moral stance on issues and rights, regardless of direct provocation; (2) a physical presence that accompanies online hacking activity; and (3) a distinctive brand." Quinn Norton of Wired writes that "Anons lie when they have no reason to lie.
These raids resulted in the first mainstream press story on Anonymous, a report by Fox station KTTV in Los Angeles, California in the U. The report called the group "hackers on steroids", "domestic terrorists", and an "Internet hate machine".
Encyclopedia Dramatica was founded in 2004 by Sherrod Di Grippo, initially as a means of documenting gossip related to livejournal, but it quickly was adopted as a major platform by Anonymous for satirical and other purposes.
We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the Internet who need—just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. They weave vast fabrications as a form of performance.
Then they tell the truth at unexpected and unfortunate times, sometimes destroying themselves in the process.Users of 4chan's /b/ board would occasionally join into mass pranks or raids.In a raid on July 12, 2006, for example, large numbers of 4chan readers invaded the Finnish social networking site Habbo Hotel with identical avatars; the avatars blocked regular Habbo members from accessing the digital hotel's pool, stating it was "closed due to fail and AIDS".Create your FREE account now, All you need is a valid email address.It's important to us that all users are over the age of 18.A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an Internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives".