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Internet Geeks in Guy Fawkes Masks Hating on L. Ron Hubbard: A Thesis

Posted By Kate Scarlett Mitchell On Apr 9, 2010 @ 2:20 pm In News | Comments Disabled

An anti-Scientology movement involving no resources, money, physical location or reliable followers sparked a recentĀ U.C. Irvine academic paper [1], the fruits of which were presented yesterday at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in Oakland.

The paper is called “Project Chanology, Scientology & Memes: Shifting Notions of Movement Frames & Protest Strategy in the Age of Internet Culture.” From what we can tell, these protests seem to be a rick rollin’ [2] way to let off some steam. Pseudo-libertarian stick-it-to-man efforts, like calling in hundreds of pizza orders to the orgs to overhaul the Scientology web server and fax machine. Ohhh SNAP.

“[Scientology is] a pre-Internet organization going up against a post-internet organization and failing badly because of not understanding how online info spreads,” said co-author B. Remy Cross [3].

Signs decked with memes, raucous dancing, funny masks. Sounds like a good time to us. Maybe we should reconsider next time we stage a coup. Maybe bring some old school parachutes. Get some grade-A fort builders on the scene.

This isn’t your parents’ protest, yo.

Image Source: Sklathill [4] under Creative Commons
‘Anonymous’ Scientologists Subject of U.C. Academic Paper [SF Weekly [1]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] U.C. Irvine academic paper: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/04/academic_anonymous_scientology.php

[2] rick rollin’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

[3] B. Remy Cross: http://www.socsci.uci.edu/%7Esgsa/2003/2003-remy.html

[4] Sklathill: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sklathill/2255718951/

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