Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web

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Abrams, Sep 1, 2011 - Social Science - 304 pages
Created by a 15-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind "the Web's most infectious memes and catchphrases" (Wired). Today it has over 12 million monthly users, with enormous social influence to match. Epic Win is the first book to tell 4chan's story. Longtime blogger and 4chan expert Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the 4chan- provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyber-bullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin's email account was leaked, Epic Win for Anonymous proves 4chan's transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced--and will continue to influence-- society at large.
 

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Looking for a book, as I was, to explain internet culture to your mom? This will probably fit the bill. Not a lot of new information to anyone who has spent any amount of time poking around the ... Read full review

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There’s a lot of this book that’s not really about 4chan or Anonymous, but about the development of unmoderated or awfulness-seeking sites on the web. The book makes for a primary document in its own ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Memes Shared Nuggets of Cultural Currency
Discovering 4chan
4chan in a
Tracing 4chan Ancestry
The Rise of 4chan
The Meme Industry
The Meme Life Cycle
Merry Pranksters Freedom Fighters or Sadistic Bullies?
The AntiSocial Network
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Copyright

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Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media consultant based in New York City. He is the author of Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to tell the story of the genesis of the Internet-based protest groups and creative memes currently changing our world. Stryker has been interviewed about his writing by The New York Times, Reuters, New York Observer, Salon, and The Rumpus.

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