Throughtout the term, we’ve talked about Anonymous, whether in terms of lulz, hackers/griefers, and the issue of social relations and anonymity. Wesch specifically writes about Anonymous, through work done with his students in 2009.
“Anonymous participants exploit and expose the possibilities of digital sociality while attempting to challenge and subvert our most basic assumptions about sociality itself” (Wesch 2012)
“Anonymity as a core moral value: “As noticed in the preceding interaction, one should not take anything, especially one’s self, too seriously. To be capital-A “Anonymous” one must always be anonymous, never taking on an identity, label, or name. When this rule is breached, the poster faces an onslaught of severe ridicule” (Wesch 2012).
About Gabriella Coleman on 4chan: “As a IRL person, you are an easy target in a asymmetrical game. If you fall for their provocations, you might get hurt. Having said that, do as you please” (Wesch 2012)