Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2011 - Social Science - 304 pages
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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 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 Web

User Review  - Cappy - Goodreads

5 stars for great justice. Brilliant. Best account of 4chan/b/anonymouse that exists as a mainstream publication. 5 out of 5 would read (this author) again. Read full review

Review: Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web

User Review  - Marla - Goodreads

Written by an outsider who has never spent more than 1 month on 4chan and all of it's boards. A true embarrassment to the website, just ask any user on it. The only people who would enjoy this are the people who don't use the boards or who know little to nothing about Anonymous and 4chan. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Memes Shared Nuggets of Cultural Currency
Discovering 4chan
4chan in a
Tracing 4chan Ancestry
The Rise of 4chan
The Meme Industry
The Meme Life Cycle
Merry Pranksters Freedom Fighters or Sadistic Bullies?
The AntiSocial Network
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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

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