"Doing it for the lulz"?: online communities of practice and offline tactical media

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Title: "Doing it for the lulz"?: online communities of practice and offline tactical media
Author: Vichot, Ray
Abstract: What happens when an online community moves to a real space? Take the case of Anonymous. For several years now, this, loosely connected, entirely internet based group has been known for online pranks and griefing, often being labeled by the media as "hackers on steroids" or "the Internet Hate Machine". However, recently a significant portion of the group has taken up the cause of protesting what it sees as criminal injustices of the Church of Scientology. This move into the real world sparked various discussions which are relevant for online communities as a whole. What negotiations, compromises, and changes took place in order to move into the real world space? In what ways has the group succeeded (or failed) in maintaining the momentum needed for long term real-world protest and what can other online communities gain from this history?
Type: Thesis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/28098
Date: 2009-04-08
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Message boards
Online communities
Tactical media
Meme
Ethnography
Scientology
Trolling
Griefing
Collaborative work
Communities of practice
Reality
Concrete (Philosophy)
Cyberbullying
Department: Literature, Communication, and Culture
Advisor: Committee Chair: Celia Pearce; Committee Member: Carl DiSalvo; Committee Member: Fox Harrell; Committee Member: Jay Bolter
Degree: M.S.

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