www.nettime.org
Nettime mailing list archives

<nettime> Anonymous movement in decline?
d.garcia on Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:17:15 +0100 (CET)


[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

<nettime> Anonymous movement in decline?


To add to Florian's suggestion that Anonymous has moved offline- I would also ask whether Anonymous are (as the article suggests) truly as counter-public ? 
I would argue that the heart of Anonymous together with the Guy Faukes masked army are a repudiation of the concept of a 
counter-publics, defined as "articulating alternatives to a wider public". In its place we have, perhaps, what has been called the 'majoritarian turn' 
in activism signified by the iconic slogan -We Art the 99%- which proudly re-assumes the old mantel of the BIG WE or a wider public. 

This is in marked contrast to an earlier phase of the anti-globalisation movement which projected an image of a mass convergence of the great 
variety of tribal identities and a celebration of difference. Has the concept of 'counter publics' as a multiplicity of exceptional entities and identities 
given way to something more closely reflected in the 'Indignatio' manifesto which began by a declaring that "we are ordinary people" thus marking the 
beginning of a possible phase shift in the culture of radical protest movements in which to be radical no longer necessarily to be controversial ? 

------------------------

d a v i d  g a r c i a
new-tactical-research.co.uk


#  distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission
#  <nettime>  is a moderated mailing list for net criticism,
#  collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets
#  more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l
#  archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nettime {AT} kein.org