Anthropologist Gabrielle Coleman shares a cultural analysis of Project Chanology.

We have become accustomed to thinking about 4Chan as the breeding ground for memes as well as shaping the associated cultural reactions to such memes. There are, as anthropologist Gabriella Coleman points out in the following series of videos, other implications to 4Chan than the obvious pop culture reading.

Focusing on the Internet war between Scientology and Anonymous (a subsidiary group of 4Chan visitors) aka Project Chanology, Coleman explores both the political and cultural implications that she codifies as mapping “the tension between pleasure/freedom (the “lulz”) and moral good (“free speech”) found among Anonymous in terms of the tenion between liberal freedom and romantic/Nietzschean freedom/pleasure.”

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