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dc.contributor.authorKrauth, Alinta
dc.description.abstractThis article considers the online social community of hacktivist collective Anonymous as a portmanteaupic space (a bifurcated space) by considering the haphazard structure of members/followers, and the divided opinions of critics. This space, coined by the author as a ‘Portmanteaupia’, can be seen as being situated in between Husserl’s ‘thought’ and ‘thought-of’ groupings — a connecting space between individual member and collective purpose. Anonymous uses the cloak of digital space to their advantage, but organising a hive-mind is not always straightforward; in analysing how Anonymous use collective power, we see that for Anonymous, the interaction with this space can give them power, but also proves their hierarchical confusion. Anonymous seems to work in a hierarchical structure of sovereign members and followers; and therein lies the contradiction. Taking into account the hyperbolic and self-sovereign nature of Anonymous, and the ways in which this community uses the social networking site Facebook, this paper proposes that the Anonymous collective is not yet the answer to Pierre Lévy’s planet-wide civilisation, or Halupka and Star’s direct democracy, but it is, perhaps, the ‘beta’ version1.en_US
dc.publisherSocial Alternatives Collectiveen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Alternativesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCommunication Technology and Digital Media Studiesen_US
dc.titleAnonymous in Portmanteaupiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
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gro.griffith.authorKrauth, Alinta K.

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