A BRAVE NEW WORLD, THE ANONYMUS PHENOMEN, A CHALLENGE TO THE STATUS QUO

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“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire,

but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen.

To shame it. To mock it.

With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness,

our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness

– and our ability to tell our own stories.

Stories that are different from the ones

we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse

to buy what they are selling

– their ideas, their version of history, their wars,

their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few.

They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.

On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

― Arundhati Roy, War Talk

From some time now, I am sure you have run in the net with the guys with the Guy Fawkes mask is a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes, the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up the House of Lords in London in 1605. The use of a mask on an effigy has long roots as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations.

A stylized portrayal of a face with an over-sized smile and red cheeks, a wide mustache upturned at both ends, and a thin vertical pointed beard, designed by illustrator David Lloyd, came to represent broader protest after it was used as a major plot element in V for Vendetta, published in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation. After appearing in Internet forums, the mask became a well-known symbol for the online hacktivist group Anonymous, the Occupy movement, and other anti-government and anti-establishment protests around the world.

Anonymous is tired of corporate interests controlling the internet and silencing the people’s rights to spread information, but more importantly, the right to SHARE with one another. The RIAA and the MPAA feign to aid the artists and their cause; yet they do no such thing. In their eyes is not hope, only dollar signs. Anonymous will not stand this any longer.

Since the release in 2006 of the film V for Vendetta, the use of stylized “Guy Fawkes” masks, with mustache and pointed beard, has become widespread internationally among groups protesting against politicians, banks and financial institutions. The masks both conceal the identity and protect the face of individuals and demonstrate their commitment to a shared cause.

David Lloyd, V for Vendetta illustrator and co-creator, is quoted as saying:

“The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way. My feeling is the Anonymous group needed an all-purpose image to hide their identity and also symbolize that they stand for individualism – V for Vendetta is a story about one person against the system. We knew that V was going to be an escapee from a concentration camp where he had been subjected to medical experiments but then I had the idea that in his craziness he would decide to adopt the persona and mission of Guy Fawkes – our great historical revolutionary.”

Anonymus

Ironically someone is making money selling  this mask:

According to Time in 2011, the protesters’ adoption of the mask had led to it becoming the top-selling item on Amazon.com, selling hundreds of thousands a year. Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world, is paid a fee with the sale of each official mask, as it owns the rights to the image.

As to what all this will amount? We do not now, but it’s a symptom things are not working, and that there is people who is aware of what’s going on, and are fighting back against the system one way or another.

A TIME OF CHANGE IS UPON US

I am not sure what form exactly this phenomenon will take, neither I can predict at what time it would come to a full expression, or the place were it will explode, as an example to follow, but one thing is sure, its, coming!

Change it’s inevitable, if I do not believe in a progressive sense of History for the good, I do believe in an evolution of ideas, and a discarding of old values, and ossified structures that limit the individual, and society at large as a consequence of events we like to call historical in lack of a better name since what we name History it’s nothing but a selective look at events from a particular point of view, past events always can have a different interpretation based on our own interest, that it’s mostly based in conflict, science, and technology, with some sociology, and anthropology throw as scholastic disciplines of interest only to the specialist of diverse branches of knowledge, like art, music, food, or any conceivable thing, like the history of weaving, ceramics, agriculture, or metallurgy, you name it, and you can have History of X.

If you have been following my blog you will know that I believe as a whole we are fed up with the current paradigm of frenetic consumerism, and a society based in material values, who keep us locked in working situations for the most of us not of our choice, but as a matter of survival, when conditions could be a lot better  for most of us with some basic changes in our outlook on life, and what we desire for our well being, not only from a material point of view, that no doubt it’s necessary, but not at the price we have been paying for it. There is another dimension to Man and that it’s the subjective, spiritual, moral, or humanistic side of it, for too long people has been forced in to a slave mentality where the individual it’s lost to forces not of his choice but imposed on him by the rule of governments who do not have his best interest on mind, but the interest of the few  who profit in these state of affairs.

Same governments who in the guise of defending democratic values are lackeys to plutocracy, and socialism for corporations and the rich, and enablers of ecological mayhem for the world, wars, famine, and all sort of crimes against the common man, if not by crimes of design, by crimes of ideology, or omission.

And an end of this state of affairs is urgent, period.

The illusion of progress

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13 Responses to A BRAVE NEW WORLD, THE ANONYMUS PHENOMEN, A CHALLENGE TO THE STATUS QUO

  1. davidprosser says:

    Few Governments are altruistic enough to have the welfare of the people as a priority. It’s fairly obvious that there are problems and that the truth is starting to show with the latest welfare reforms designed to hit the most vulnerable first.
    We have to stop bowing down before corporate policy before it’s Corporations that run our Countries purely on a profitable basis- for them.
    We need to start reaching out to other cultures and stop being afraid of them, knowing that we can live with differences in the world and celebrate them..

  2. The only permanent thing mankind knows is change.

  3. broodjejaap says:

    It is very evident that the old Empires are fighting back or try to renew themselves ( USA, British, Russia, Ottoman Turk, China, Japan and Persia). This is rather silly and pathetic, driven by Prestige of men with huge ego’s, who face worldwide wired well informed individuals in the Civil Society: #p2pPower !! Unstoppable.
    MustRead book about this is from Moisés Naím “The End of Power”

  4. Very thought provoking blog. Hugs, Barbara

  5. Good morning,
    what I’m most looking for and rarely find, are transparent politicians! I am, however, also of the opinion that, in my world at least, we the people are to lazy or maybe to well off to fight for changes in favour of the simple citizen. Many thanks for your reminder and have a good day.:)

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, most people it’s too wrap in their own problems to be dealing with the stuff that is necessary for positive change, since this represent involvement, time, change, responsibility, work, and no doubt some sort of opposition that may push us from our comfort zone, however change it’s always born of someone’s struggle.

      Most people are only motivated too act when the fire is getting too close to them, and become a matter for immediate concern.

      Thank you for your comment Martina! 🙂

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