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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman

Part anthropologist, part journalist, Coleman McGill Univ. The organizations and people that they vowed to take down, including the Church of Scientology, ISIS, and our current president are still going strong.

Whether she is belittling such pedestrian interests as football or Settlers of Catan, describing the lavish spread of TED talk conferences, name dropping, or hurtling academic or tech language at the reader with minimal explanation, it feels like Coleman is constantly talking down to the reader.

Fascinating look into the movement Anonymous. Jan 06, Whistlebpower rated it it was amazing. Biella’s account is absolutely gripping—I struggled to put this book down. So there is a bit of a “one woman’s journey through the darkness” tone but it is rendered a bit annoying when she describes how she ruined her vacation while staying on IRC.

Hacer general, she presents wihstleblower really interesting, well-researched profile of Anonymous, starting as the lulz-infused spawn of 4chan and eventually fashioning themselves a self-appointed squad of cyber vigilante justice.


Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman – review

As usual, it was part joke, part principled; part justified, part irresponsible. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Some men just want to watch the world burn. Biella successfully justifies her role as ethnographer-enchantress to pull us from our cynical doubts about these so-called criminals into the heady excitement of Anonymous’s world, where we might better appreciate the reasons why they did what they did and the profoundly unique mark on recent history they have made.


Most of them revolve around the author, Gabriella “Biella” Coleman. On 4chan, posting nudes of strangers and celebrities happens almost every day: There are some contradictions about Anonymous as an organization that just don’t sit quite right with me. Sep 15, John Adkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thank you for such a meaningful, thoughtful, and insightful book.

I wish I could give this a 5. At one point she refers to another book she had to finish as if it was a chore, which may also make readers wonder if she would say the same of writing this book, considering the apparent lack of care that has gone into it. But I’m getting ahead of myself, like I said since this book has published a lot of events have happened to shape my opinions of Anonymous.

This all-access pass into hoaxee dark and wild corners of the Internet is timely, informative, and also frightening. Aaron Swartz’s recommended reading. Unfortunately a crude attempt to provide for that accessibility was the hackneyed post-Neuromancer injection of pre-Christian gods and folklore as analogies. Library Locations and Hours. But when looking at organization that spends so much time outside the legal realm, this is one of the primary questions you need to explore.

There is so much to Anonymous and the current sociopolitical context that could reveal some really interesting trends and interpretations about democracy and freedom in the modern age. If you can figure out where the bots get their commands from, you can join the Hoaxfr channel, masquerading as a hiaxer machine, and wait to receive a command from the botnet herder.

Overall a good read. This book was so frustrating because at its center is a really interesting story about Anonymous. How do you bring them to the forefront so they can be debated? But I think it’s more than my personal feelings and connections.


Hacker, hoaxer, whistleblower, spy : the many faces of Anonymous

Definitely useful starting place to read further. This book may be the first historical example of the analysis of the social norms and values of a group based almost entirely on written texts, as most “members” “participants” is probably a better word of Hacekr Very timely and accessible read by a professor of Anthropology. In doing, she reveals Anonymous to be far more than another quirky meme, or just a chaotic criminal outburst; it is a telling example of new forms of social life arising from the Internet, with haacker political consequences.

For all the computer wizardry, it is still a real movement of real people. As you can tell, I am conflicted because I respect her and what she has done.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous

While I agree the whole system needs a change—because students, much whjstleblower anything else, cannot be reduced to numbers—not having tests at all seems counterproductive. They operate with a zillion tiny cells until something big comes their way, and then those tiny cells unite to create some memorable chaos.

This competition is so fierce that botnet herders will often try to take over other botnets. But when I read the opening pages of Gabriella Coleman’s fascinating anthropological survey of the hacker group known as Anonymous, I whustleblower hooked.

It made me think more about things like SOPA and digital privacy for sure. Biella packs more than five years of participant observation, interviews, and study into a tight argument for why we cannot dismiss Anonymous as mere criminals.

While Anonymous has been involved in some truly worthy causes, a guiding philosophy behind Anonymous and its spawn is a term that Coleman calls “the lulz. If I had no knowledge of how the intent works, I would have been lost, especially in the first half of the book.