Hi all. Quite a few of you might read this and go "meh" or be totally against it, but that's fine, some of you might want to help which will be nice. I'm in the middle of writing a book - pretty hard-core stuff (not like that) about taking out the industrial system, more specifically undermining the things that keep us disconnected from the real world and instead plugged into the machine. You can read a bit about it here. Each of the ten chapters is accompanied by an essay written by a person who has something important to say about the topic in that chapter. For the second half of the book I want to go into some detail about specific types of undermining activity, one of which is taking control of the infrastructure that determines how we think and behave (government propaganda, mainstream TV and radio news broadcasts, advertising, public schooling etc.) The kinds of tactics employed by Anonymous fit into that bracket very well so I want to try to construct an essay of sorts that represents the views of at least some of the people involved in Anonymous. I'm making a conscious effort not to end up with the load of wank that newspapers and TV broadcasters churn out by collaring a "leader" or just assuming they know the hive mind, which they clearly don't, and don't really want to - all they want is a story. I'm after a bit of reality, while also keeping individuals protected, which is why I would like to build something up through this thread. The subject of the essay is, "Why Anonymous Works", and it's going to try and capture a range of views, all unattributed. You can say as little or as much as you like on the subject, sometimes less is more, but sometimes long rambles can contain some real gems - I'll assemble it into something that resembles a coherent essay and post it back here so you can say whether it reads ok. Whatever it ends up as, it will be your words only. Eventually the book will go online as a Creative Commons document, and it might even find a publisher (my last one did, amazingly). Rest assured I won't make any money out of it - I gave up paid work to do this and writing is definitely not a way of earning money. Many, many thanks. Please just contribute as you see fit.