Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dissention: It's Not Your Grandmas Protest Anymore

dissenters transform the art of protest Outfits with a tradition of creative protest, groups that have gone beyond conventional marches and lobbying to take inventive action. They follow in the footsteps of the Abolitionists who boycotted slave-produced sugar in the 1790s, the Chartists with their three-mile 1839 petition. Now, in the 21st century, unconventional protest groups are thriving.

Tussling with the law and snatching headlines are uniting constants for most creative protest groups. And there is another fundamental point: creative protest is thought-provoking. You can achieve more by a bit of disruption. That can be physically disrupting the operation of an organization. But it can also be disrupting the way we think, doing something that makes people ask: ‘Actually, which side am I on?’
[more on individual protesting group styles, including Anonymous]

Enter, Anonymous VS Scientology
YouTube user, Thunderf00t, attempts to explain the internet phenomenon known as Anonymous. Actually, it's kind of hard to 'nail down' something that can't be nailed down.

We Run This.
One of Anonymous's video manifestos pointed at the leaders of Scientology. This one happens to use the retro stylings of Max Headroom.

"Hello leaders of Scientology, we are Anonymous. We hope you are having as much fun with this as we are. As you know, we are still here, and with every passing day your failure to account for the fraud and abuse exposed by our campaign becomes more evident to the media, to our government and to your own followers..."

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