PollWhat is behind the group Anonymous? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_%28group%29
      – BorgClown, 2011-03-05 at 05:05:53   (16 comments)

On 2011-03-05 at 05:08:13, BorgClown wrote...
Bear in mind that it has oiled the current wave of revolution at the middle east.
On 2011-03-05 at 05:10:47, BorgClown wrote...
More information about Anon for the curious: https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/12081-Anonymous-Herd-Mentality-or-Convergence-Theory-Driven.html
On 2011-03-05 at 09:00:28, Thelevellers wrote...
While I'm sure there are some people on there who help drive it towards true revolution, I think the vast majority of the people power is simply there for the lulz. I just worry about the day they take 'control'...
On 2011-03-11 at 04:48:26, BorgClown wrote...
The lulzers are getting bored with hacktivism. Anon is actually recruiting people to replace those with more idealist ones.
On 2011-03-11 at 04:54:30, BorgClown wrote...
The original is down, but the Google cache has the last procedure to join: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http%3A%2F%2Fpastehtml.com%2Fview%2F1djwai2.html
On 2011-03-15 at 15:58:34, Baslisks wrote...
I like anon. I think its an interesting phenomenon. It is the zeitgeist of our times, though less oppressive.
On 2011-03-18 at 15:48:30, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's well established that people behave badly when they believe that they are anonymous. For example, so-called white van drivers in this country are a generic group who drive badly. People who join the Anonymous group may feel the same appeal - it lets them express their beliefs whilst liberating them from maintaining a personal reputation.
On 2011-03-20 at 02:26:55, BorgClown wrote...
Anonymous was called the "Internet Hate Machine" when it was born in 4chan, ruining people's lives just for the lulz was the norm. These days it seems like a core group is trying to make anon a superhero instead of a supervillain, and that's giving it split personalities. Some anons like the sense of purpose but others like the impunity of nameless vandalism. The good thing is that the evil anons are not as resourceful as the good anons, so they know it's better for them to behave. For now. Exciting times these are.
On 2011-03-20 at 15:26:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://pictureisunrelated.memebase.com/2011/03/17/wtf-photos-videos-always-be-prepared/
On 2011-03-21 at 21:24:37, Baslisks wrote...
People act more raw and to their nature when they no longer have a face. They are only answering to themselves. Everyone has a name still, they just don't have their real name hooked to it. You from a new identity to which people either trust and respect of ignore.
On 2011-03-21 at 23:08:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think (online) anonymity is something I've grown out of (replaced by some paranoia about keeping certain personal details private). Rather than feeling like I could do anything because I have my face covered, I'd want to uncover and reveal my identity. I'd rather work with the reputation I have than do something detached from my sense of 'self'.
On 2011-03-22 at 17:08:55, Thelevellers wrote...
I think I feel (and have always felt) more like Lee does. I've never felt comfortable with anonymity. Partly through paranoia someone will find out. But mostly just cause I struggle to be anything other than myself unless people know (so I can act [or try to :P ] in a play or something where I'm obviously not me, but not if they may think I am actually like that, whether it's a better or worse character than I am in real life).
On 2011-03-23 at 07:13:42, BorgClown wrote...
I'd be really sad if anonymity was lost. Like dreaming, it's a state where you're not bound by the ties of real life. Also, it comes handy in places where being upfront can cost you your life, like anonymous calls to the police. There are regions where the authorities are in the organized crime's payroll, denouncing the wrong criminal while not being careful of your anonymity is foolish. More so, anonymity is the bane of authoritarian governments. If they don't easily know who you are, they can't easily control you.
On 2011-03-23 at 17:06:01, Thelevellers wrote...
I totally agree with you Borg. I just don't use it myself... Well, except the dreaming comment, which I'll just have to trust you on, as it doesn't work like that for me. I always feel some kind of connection to the real me...
On 2011-03-25 at 05:43:40, BorgClown wrote...
Actually, I meant dreaming as the detachment from reality, not something like lucid dreaming. You can dream you're someone else or that you're doing something physically or logically impossible, but you don't have enough awareness to reason your way out of it. Anonymity, when used for fun, is usually a escape from reality. If used seriously, though, it can shape reality.
On 2011-03-30 at 18:42:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My Facebook profile is public to stop (a) me writing things I wouldn't want someone else to read and (b) Facebook messing up my privacy controls and making private things public by accident. I feel it's better to give into those who want to find out more about you by giving them plenty of information, whilst keeping control of exactly which little bits of data you share.