Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Anon and on

The undergorund collective of "hacktivists" known as Anonymous has set their sites on those who distribute and peruse child pornography on the internet. You can read more about that here and/or also watch their video message embedded below.

For what it's worth, I find the things that Anonymous does entertaining. It doesn't hurt that I find many of their targets (Scientology, the Westboro Baptist Church and yes, child pornography) as reprehensible as they do. So there has been more than one occassion when I've read about how their antics have created havoc for their foes and I've pumped my fist and cheered in support. Hell yes, go get 'em, Anonymous!

Still, there's part of me that kind of feels like mere mortals of Metropolis probably do when they wonder, "what if Superman got bored?". In other words, what if Anonymous does what they do as much to entertain themselves as they do out of a sense of righteous indignation and in the spirit of fighting for truth, justice and the Internet way? It's not that I doubt their sincerity at face value, but cheering for Anonymous sometimes feels a little like cheering for Hannibal Lecter: sure, their victims have it coming, but who's to say that I don't have it coming?

That said, I'd just like to tell any members of Anonymous who might happen to stumble across this site - I'm a fan of your work; please don't shut down my humble repository of fart jokes. 

1 comment:

Clare said...

I'm very wary of groups like this, not because of what they might do on a whim, but because a whole lot of evil has been perpetrated in the name of righteousness. It's one thing to draw a line in the sand. It's another thing to drive your tank across the line and start blowing people away in the name of justice.