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2/8/12: Anonymous

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Anonymous participants at a protest of the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles in 2008.

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2/8/12: Anonymous

Salt Lake City, UT – The journalist Quinn Norton admits it's difficult to pin a name tag on the group Anonymous. Is it a bunch of hackers? Activists? Terrorists? As far as she can tell, the internet meme that inspires online and offline users to participate in an archaic, globalized hive mind is really a culture, with its own ever evolving aesthetics, values, idioms and iconography. Norton and anthropologist Gabriella Coleman join Doug on Wednesday to look behind the Guy Fawkes masks and try to understand Anonymous.

  • Read Quinn Norton's three-part series about Anonymous for WIRED magazine: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
  • Read some of Biella Coleman's articles about Anonymous: Our Weirdness is Free and Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action
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