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Cole Stryker is a writer at Urlesque.com, one of the web’s leading sites for dissecting memes and 4chan news. He has also written for Nerve, Popmatters and Converse’s arts and culture blog, Play. Cole has also appeared on Al Jazeera’s Global Village Voices programme, discussing the web’s reaction to the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ controversy.

Epic Win For Anonymous

Cole Stryker

Here’s a short list of what 4chan has been blamed or lauded for, depending on your perspective: they started a version of Lolcats, probably the Internet’s top meme . . . They started the ‘Rickroll,’ a trick where you click on a link you want to see, but instead you’re brought to a YouTube video of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna GiveYou Up” [and] they spread a rumor that Steve Jobs had a heart attack, and the shares of Apple dropped $10Vanity Fair

Like it or hate it, 4chan is an important cultural force . . . It is a huge site, and so many Internet memes are formed there, it’s hard to ignore it’ June Cohen, executive producer of TED media

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This is the story of the ‘Anti-Facebook’: a site that radically encourages anonymity. It was the 4chan group Anonymous which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by hacking and taking down MasterCard’s and Visa’s websites.

Longtime blogger and member Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the Anonymous-provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyberbullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin’s email account was leaked, Epic Win for Anonymous proves the group's transformative cultural impact, how it has influenced — and how such groups will increasingly influence — society at large.