So for this week’s assignment in class, we are exploring the blog of another person in our class. I had the opportunity to check out Rachal’s blog which focused on Anonymous and hactivism the whole semester.
I thought I would link you to three of her most interesting posts and ask which ones you got the most from.
This post is an interview with a man named Glacier keeps cell towers working. She talks with him about his use of the internet and the media’s influence on community.
This post discusses Anonymous’s involvement in the Steubenville, Ohio rape and how they are speaking out for justice.
This post is about the bill called SOPA that threatened freedom on the internet and the top five battles activists are trying to fight.
I hope you enjoyed reading and learning more about Anonymous! You can read my last post here on Anonymous to see how they play into the idea of changing the outlook on the internet.
I could spend a whole year talking about anonymous and their role on the internet (and one of my classmates has spent a semester exploring their methods here), but for now I’d like to touch briefly on what I’ve learned about their positive influence.
In class we’ve been talking about a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei (pictured above) who uses the internet in ways I’ve been talking about this whole semester.
PBS did a special on Ai Weiwei that you can watch here which really highlights a lot of the ways he’s used social media for a positive impact on his community, but I’d like to touch briefly on how the video made me think in a new way.
At some point or another in our lives, we’ve all been scared to do something new. Whether it’s riding a bicycle without training wheels for the first time or eating a new food or experiencing your first year of high school or college, change can be terrifying. And I think this is the biggest reason why people think the internet is a scary place.
A XENOPHOBE is one unduly fearful of what is foreign. I guess this word could be used to describe a lot of the traditionalists and people who appose the internet. I’m sure it’s no easy transition to go from no internet to internet if you don’t grow up in a digital age. Some people have taken to it like a bird does to flying, but others fear what they don’t understand.
They’re right to think the internet isn’t all fun and games – hacking, bullying, cyber-threats, and deceit – these are all real things. They’re probably also worried that they might lose their jobs to the new ways of technology.
But the only way to deal with change, inevitable change (which is what the internet is), is to embrace it. It’s time to take the training wheels off of the bicycle and go for it. There may be bumps and bruises along the way. There may be hurt pride or mistakes made or reluctance to continue learning, but it’s going to be worth it in the end. Progress is so important, and as I’ve said before, the positives will outweigh the negatives in every way.