We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists

I found “We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists” quite fascinating. If you’re hip to everything regarding 4chan and Anonymous and such then I’m guessing you’ll find this less so, as it’s basically an explanation of how this group developed over time. One especially interesting aspect is how this online group of people (some would say ‘outcasts’) who basically stuck to humour online, banded together when they were ‘attacked’ by (more) mainstream groups (Church of Scientology, etc). From there the group seems to split between those who are just in it for the jokes, those who are in it for “good cause” activism (including helping out w/ the Middle East government downfalls) and those who simply create chaos for no real reason. Some eventually become part of the Occupy movement. If you’re not familiar w/ everything to do w/ this, definitely give it a watch: 4/5 @ HotDocs.

(This review originally written in May 2012)

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