Anonymous humiliated

"I really thought we had them, this time..."

Yesterday over 3,000 members of Anonymous showed up in Sony retail outlets around the world. Their stated intent was to raise awareness about how they could not run Linux on a Playstation, a feature Sony has removed due to problems with piracy. Their complaint only helped salesman bring attention to new features in Sony products. Meanwhile, customers mocked and teased “Anons” so deeply that the shame even penetrated their wicked Guy Fawkes masks from V for Vendetta. These “boycotts” were a free publicity gift from Anonymous to Sony that actually increased sales.

This is part of a disturbing new trend for Anonymous, which seems to be increasingly ready to self-destruct all over the wrong targets. After siding with the freedom of speech during the WikiLeaks cablegate crisis, Anonymous has been unable to find an equally righteous cause. Sony has done no wrong that their customers can even understand. Failing to see this fact time and time again, the “hyper-conscious” Anonymous has acted out their own “We do not forgive” mantra until it’s turned into real-life public humiliation.

Completely unable to recognize the views of the outside world, the ever more cult-like Anonymous is left to grapple with its internal power structures. The respect that leaders within “Operation” Payback gained from attacking Mastercard, Paypal, and Visa in defense of Julian Assange has been used to turn a one-off “operation” into several months of humiliating failures. The creators of “Operation” Payback are simply choosing targets to keep their peons interested. As Anonymous continues to claim that they have no leaders, the world wonders why they’re acting like they do. The leaders of “Operation” Payback are coercing actions out of Anonymous.

Anonymous claims to be self-critical and self-correcting. Anonymous claims to have no leadership. Yet any criticism of leadership within Anonymous leads to excommunication. They will say “it cannot possibly happen, because we are anarchic.” This naive idea is encoded into the culture. To criticize the individuals who do clearly lead will often result in Anons making the equivalent of an argument for divine right. They have taken the reins of Anarchy, so they deserve their power. Quite wrongly, Anons often refer to this idea as meritocracy.

Another tactic to deflect attention from the growth of the cult leader class are the “democratic” mechanisms within Anonymous. Anyone who has witnessed a vote in action can not help but wonder: How is it that a group of around fifty voters represents the hundreds or thousands that it takes to carry out protests and attacks? It is fairly obvious that the cult leaders of Anonymous use democracy only as a show to maintain a positive identity.

Anonymous isn’t anarchy.

Anonymous isn’t meritocracy.

Anonymous isn’t democracy.

Anonymous is cult.

31 comments to Anonymous humiliated

  • Semantic Fog

    OK, er… Cult. You keep using that word, I don’t think you know what it means.

    Firstly, there is no “cult leader class” in Anonymous. You may wish to call active members and organizers a “leader class” but calling them “cult leaders” totally flies in the face of everything

    Regardless of whether Anonymous succeeded or didn’t succeed here, “cult” is a totally inappropriate word to describe them by any rational metric in the sociology of religions. Anonymous fails on many levels to correspond to a cult or sect (which is the preferred term in serious discourse, due to the connotations of “cult”). There is no sacral bureaucracy depending on institutionalized charisma: in fact there are no charismatic leaders to speak of, in its history or now. Moot is hardly “charismatic” in the sociological sense, and he is about the only public face Anonymous has.

  • Anonymous

    is Kilgar Trotsky reporting or just giving his opinion?

  • Humiliation? have you look at the UK images that have been uploaded. Most stores closed and had police escorts. The campaign is not against the product its against the single point the we buy the hardware and we can do what we want with it. The PS3 did run linux now it doesnt and GeoHotz brought that back and got prosecuted for it. If I but I pc I can but 1: More memory into it. 2) Put any OS I want onto it. 3) Yes I might be able to pirate software but I dont I want an open system to run games surf the web etc. Back to the point the above article is pointless. UK stores were closed! as well as the fact anonymous has no leaders

  • Anonymous

    Fuck this article. Anonymous is more than you think Assholes. so they had a dry day yesterday… So what?

  • Yeah right.

    And I can throw a pedophile into a middle school and he won’t shift his eyes.

    Those computer nerds undoubtedly purchased some items while standing around in there “boycotting.”

    This is another example of why uninformed, inexperienced self-righteous computer nerds should not go out into public. I never thought I’d see anything more publicly-humiliating to them than the “real-life” Enkindler raids.