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Epic Win For Anonymous
How 4Chan's Army Conquered the Web
This is the story of the 'Anti-Facebook': a site that radically encourages anonymity. It was the 4chan group Anonymous which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by hacking and taking down MasterCard's and Visa's websites. Longtime blogger and member Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the Anonymous-provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyberbullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin's email account was leaked, Epic Win for Anonymous proves the group's transformative cultural impact, how it has influenced - and how such groups will increasingly influence - society at large.
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'Like it or hate it, 4chan is an important cultural force - It is a huge site, and so many internet memes are formed there, it's hard to ignore it' June Cohen, executive producer of TED media 'One of the largest forums on the Internet - one of the darkest corners of the Web' New York Times 'Here's a short list of what 4chan has been blamed or lauded for, depending on your perspective: they started a version of Lolcats, probably the Internet's top meme - They started the 'Rickroll,' a trick where you click on a link you want to see, but instead you're brought to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna GiveYou Up" [and] they spread a rumor that Steve Jobs had a heart attack, and the shares of Apple dropped $10' Vanity Fair