Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web
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 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 for Anonymous proves 4chan's transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced--and will continue to influence-- society at large.
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Review: Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the WebUser Review - Lorraine Jean - Goodreads
Informative but not a deep dive. Read full review
Review: Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the WebUser Review - Catfish - Goodreads
Besides clearly breaking rules 1 and 2, the book is a good sociological and historical account of trolling, 4chan, and the popularity of message boards. I sort of hate much about the book but I see that the history is important. Read full review
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