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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

New York Tech Blog
Other than a portrait of the headline- grabbing hacktivist group (who are planning to take down Facebook this November), Stryker also gives a frank assessment of 4chan founder Chris 'Moot' Poole who's now preoccupied with his new meme factory Canvas.
Salon.com
A primer on why the Internet works the way it does today, thanks in large part to 4chan. That includes, but isn't limited to, the emergence of Anonymous.
The Rumpus
Sharp, witty, and well-researched
MetaViews.ca
One of the few accounts—along with Julian Dibbell's work—of 4chan by someone who gets it. ... It's pretty good for amateur cultural history, and it illustrates the centrality of the lulz to the internet. So if you find yourself confused by the activities of 4chan, or, if you're frustrated by the mainstream media's utter failure to comprehend Anonymous, then Stryker's book provides a good primer. And, like 4chan itself, the book is a good reminder of how culture on the internet actually works, as opposed to the way various marketers and social media moguls keep telling us it does.
ArtInfo.com
Author Cole Stryker has risked online life and limb to explore /b/ and plumb the depths of 4Chan in his new book Epic Win For Anonymous: How 4Chan's Army Conquered the Web. Though the book focuses on the history of Internet culture and the rise of online memes much more than the recent ascension of politically active hacker groups, Stryker succeeds in providing a coherent, comprehensible introduction to Internet creativity
Midwest Book Review
A recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590207109
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,450,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    :/ meh. Needs more bronies

    Interesting book, but the mosr win thing about 4chan is all the bronies. And all the tf2 players. Lionizing hacktivism on the other hand, is made of fail.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    To below

    No-one that would have any influence on this matter would either read your dumbass comment or even care

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Read this anonybuttheads

    I know u anonymous from movie star planet u hacked my bestie! And im glad that we live in a same nieghborhood but u better pay buttheads and she was a vip she had very expensive clothes on there so thnx alot and waatch out so ummmm stop! Ots our place and its not urs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Legion

    Expect Us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Pure Cancer.

    This book is living proof anonymous is now a meme-spewing morality police and not the bringer of lulz it used to be.
    ISHYGDDT

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    An excellent read, a little bit of history behind Anonymous. Th

    An excellent read, a little bit of history behind Anonymous. This book captures the zany humor behind the hactivist movement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    A beginners giude to 4flan

    A great read if you are cluless on the subject

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    BS

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 11, 2012

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