Agents of activism and naughty mischief, Anonymous has been a constant fixture in the news due to their blizzard of interventions from taking down half a dozen websites in a single day to protest web censorship to assisting the historic revolutions in the Middle East and Africa. Drawing on three years of serious ethnographic research (re: chatting online, a lot), this talk will visit few of their major operations in order to address the political significance of their tactics and most especially, the lulz.
Our speaker at the March 2012 Portland/CreativeMornings was Aaron James Draplin (http://www.draplin.com). The event was generously hosted by Ziba (http://ziba.com) and sponsored by 52 Limited (http://www.52ltd.com). Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply (http://prophotosupply.com) for lending us the gear to capture the talk and to Paul Searle (http://psearle.com) for shooting and editing this video.