In my graduate course, Global Issues in a Digital society,
we are studying mediated terrorism, historical and current, including cyber-terrorism as our global issue theme.
The semester started with V for Vendetta. One of my all time favorites. We had a VHS promo copy that was worn-out.
- Click on the image to see the variations of the Guy Fawkes Masks.
The film, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, showed how using denial of service to standing up for human rights with the use of technology. The controversy of the after-math of several incidences gives insight into the minds of ANONYMOUS .
The professor posed the following issue for the post and following is my post:
Do you believe that there should be the same freedoms we utilize on USA soil, freedom of speech, right to protest, etc… on the Internet? Yes or No…there is no “right” answer. Then part two of your post, give ONE example from either film to explain why yes or no.
Many groups around the global have donned the mask to hide their individual identity. The flip side to the mask is that it provide a unified front for the collective whole. The character of the mask is now a global brand for protest through symbolics.
Hutton, R. 2011-02-17. What If the Gunpowder Plot Had Succeeded? BBC: History. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/gunpowder_hutton_01.shtml on 1/23/2014.
Waites, R. 2011-10-20. V for Vendetta masks: Who’s behind them? BBC News Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15359735 on 1/23/2014.