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Epic Win for Anonymous

Cole Stryker

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ISBN 13: 9781590207109
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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4chan is the "Anti-Facebook," a site that radically encourages anonymity. It spawned the hacktivist group Anonymous, which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by bringing down MasterCard’s and Visa’s Web sites. Created by a 15-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind "the Web's most infectious memes and catchphrases" (Wired). Today it has over 12 million monthly users, with enormous social influence to match.

Epic Win for Anonymous is the first book to tell 4chan's story. Longtime blogger and 4chan expert Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the 4chan-provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyber-bullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin’s email account was leaked, Epic Win proves 4chan's transform

Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media consultant based in New York City. His writing has appeared at Urlesque, Nerve, Popmatters, and Play. He has appeared on podcasts such as The Urly Show and Al Jazeera's Global Village Voices. His personal blog can be found at stryker.tumblr.com .

Praise for Epic Win for Anonymous:

"A primer on why the Internet works the way it does today, thanks in large part to 4chan. That includes, but isn't limited to, the emergence of Anonymous." --Salon.com

"Sharp, witty, and well-researched" --The Rumpus

A recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike." --Midwest Book Review

"One of the few accounts—along with Julian Dibbell's work—of 4chan by someone who gets it. ... It's pretty good for amateur cultural history, and it illustrates the centrality of the lulz to the internet. So if you find yourself confused by the activities of 4chan, or, if you're frustrated by the mainstream media's utter failure to comprehend Anonymous, then Stryker's book provides a good primer. And, like 4chan itself, the book is a good reminder of how culture on the internet actually works, as opposed to the way various marketers and social media moguls keep telling us it does." --MetaViews.ca

"Author Cole Stryker has risked online life and limb to explore /b/ and plumb the depths of 4Chan in his new book Epic Win For Anonymous: How 4Chan's Army Conquered the Web. Though the book focuses on the history of Internet culture and the rise of online memes much more than the recent ascension of politically active hacker groups, Stryker succeeds in providing a coherent, comprehensible introduction to Internet creativity" --ArtInfo.com

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