This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff talks to Cole Stryker who wrote the books Epic Win For Anonymous about the hacktivist group Anonymous, and Hacking The Future about the value of anonymity on the internet and why we should fight to keep it.
They talk about what 4chan actually is and how the group Anonymous is associated with it, how the mainstream media often portrays them in a much darker light than what the reality is and what the group is able to do.
“I describe Anonymous as being a few geniuses surrounded by a legion of cheerleaders, or a few geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots. Basically you have a couple of people who really know what they are doing who can pull of some serious hacks, and you have thousands of people speaking very loudly about the issues, showing up to protests and causing a stir, so you have this megaphone-effect.” - Cole Stryker on the group Anonymous.
“I like to call Anonymous a memeocracy in that the operations that they do and their decisions to go after a specific target, operate like memes as in the ones that are able to achieve virality in the group are the ones that succeed.” - Cole Stryker on how Anonymous operates.
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