It is, in reality, the people that are angry.
I think Stoic hits on an important point here.
One of the reasons why enforcement actions are having so little impact (at least so far) is because there is a lot of popular support for many of Anonymous' activities.
I think it's particularly telling when so many otherwise law-abiding people aren't moved to absolute outrage by most of these "hacking" and media "piracy" behaviors. Or at least not as much as those in power might wish.
I've been told the only differences between a traitor, a rebel, and a revolutionary are:
- who you asked
- whether or not they were successful
- and the amount of popular support they received regardless of the outcome
I think a clear message is being sent. The people are getting fed up with paid-for government 'representatives' passing industry-drafted laws rather than representing the interests of the people who elected them. So even though most people would not normally condone the activities of movements like Anonymous, many of their pranks (and that's really what they are since their chief intent is to embarrass
rather than bring about direct change
) still bring a smile to the lips of people who would otherwise condemn such behaviors.
And that's a dangerous thing if you're in power. Because it's only one small step away from the general public deciding that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" - even if they don't completely condone the actions of so-called hackers and pirates.
Anonymous is a symptom of a much large problem. It is not the problem itself...
To borrow a phrase attributed to Rasputin: Let those with wit to understand this - understand this.