One of the earliest post on the ZW Blog was about something called Cicada 3301:
Even after 3 other posts:
And an update:
I still wasn’t sure what Cicada really was. And as I write this now I still don’t. Was it anything? Is it still something? Was it some kind of recruitment as many believe? And if so, what for? And is it a good thing or a bad thing?
I doubt we will ever know.
I have written about other groups, like Anonymous, The Illuminati, and Ghost Security Group. I find them all very intriguing, but don’t know if any of them really live up to what ever it is they are supposed to be..
I have made it clear that I don’t buy into The Illuminati, and I haven’t heard much more on GSG… but the rise and fall of Anonymous tells us all we need to know about internet super heroes. They started strong and rose fast only to cannibalize itself. In the beginning Anonymous was a force to be reckoned with. It was powerful and scary. Now it’s nothing more than a mock of what it claimed to be. This is (as I have said many times before) mainly because there was no order to it, anyone could be Anonymous. The great work of irony (I’m pretty sure I’m using it right here!) here is that this is also what helped Anonymous grow so fast. Everyone is Anonymous means anyone is Anonymous. What made it work eventually is what made it not work. Irony, right?
Regardless Anonymous like any other internet group becomes what it pretends to be against. I see it all the time, anti-bullying groups thriving on cyber bullying, anti-crybaby groups bawling like someone took their pacifiers away. In Anonymous’ case, they set out to go after assholes… now they are the assholes. And just to once more set aside any confusion, I started using pictures of myself on the blog wearing the Guy Fawkes Mask to poke fun at Anonymous. Not because I consider myself a part of Anonymous nor to hide my identity in any way. It was just a joke.
Just like internet super heroes, a sad, sad joke. The internet taints everything way too much for any such group to stay true to itself.
Maybe one day the internet will produce a group that can save the world…
at this point though, we may need to be saved from the internet first.