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Alexopoulou, S. (2019). ‘Beneath This Mask There is More Than Flesh, Beneath This Mask There is an Idea’: Anonymous as the (Super)heroes of the Internet?. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 1-28
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2019 (English)In: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, ISSN 0952-8059, E-ISSN 1572-8722, p. 1-28Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Who is Anonymous? What is the group’s connection with hacktivism? Can we speak of an Internet group consisting of new ‘e-Robin Hoods’? Do modern heroes still exist as a source of inspiration? The answers to these questions are not unproblematic. Many would say that the group Anonymous falls into the contemporary hero category. If so, its members, Anons, could be deemed ‘reincarnations’ of the mythical Robin Hood but in digital form, since they tackle corruption, repression, and injustice, as he did. Others will disagree with this view. The only safe statement is that Anonymous constitutes a global, Internet-based social movement of mostly young and dissatisfied people who have decided to follow their own strategy to oppose established global governance and order. This paper sheds light on the latest hacking activity of Anonymous against several governmental websites in Greece. According to Anonymous, it sought to protect/defend Greek citizens suffering because of the financial crisis and to teach a ‘strong lesson’ to the elected politicians in office. Drawing on material from videos (uploaded on YouTube), online articles from Greek newspapers, and a few online articles from international media outlets, we attempt to understand whether Anonymous follows the long tradition of Robin Hood by acting as a heroic figure/icon. This paper contributes to the semiotics of hacktivism, but also to the further investigation of the identity of Anonymous as comprising ‘new Robin-Hoods’ based on its staged identity and actions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2019
Keywords
Anonymous, Hackers, Hacktivism, Robin Hood, Internet
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Computer Science; Computer Technology; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74714 (URN)10.1007/s11196-019-09615-6 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved
Alexopoulou, S. & Pavli, A. (2018). ‘Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh, beneath this mask there is an idea’: The 19th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2018). Örebro, Sweden, May 23-25. In: : . Paper presented at The 19th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2018), Örebro, Sweden, May 23-25, 2018.
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Once upon a time, there was the legend of Robin Hood, the English folklore hero who was not only a skillful archer but also swordsman. Not surprisingly, the famous outlaw didn’t act alone in the deep Sherwood Forest but with the help of his band of Merry Men. His mission was to steal money from the rich and give it back to the poor. Therefore, the peasants considered Hood both as their protector and friend. Even today, Robin Hood represents in our minds a clear exemplar against any sort of oppressive authority, which in his time took the form of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Do modern heroes still exist to get inspiration by? The answer to this question is not trouble-free. A great part of people would say that the group of ‘Anonymous’ -known as ‘Anons’- falls into the category of contemporary heroes. Anons could be discerned as a ‘reincarnation’ of the digital version of Robin Hood since they fight against corruption, repression, and injustice, as he did. More precisely, the group of Anonymous is a global, Internet-based social movement of mostly young and dissatisfied people who decided to provide their own answer towards the established global governance and order. This paper will investigate the latest hacking activity of the Anonymous against a number of governmental websites in Greece. The purpose of Anonymous -as stated on their Facebook page- was to protect/defend the Greek citizens who sternly suffer because of the financial crisis and to give a ‘strong lesson’ to the elected politicians in office. Drawing on material from newspapers articles, weblogs and videos, this article aims to understand whether the group of Anonymous continues the long tradition of Robin Hood as a heroic figure/icon, or it symbolizes something radically new.

National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Law; Linguistics; Art History; Information technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67087 (URN)
Conference
The 19th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2018), Örebro, Sweden, May 23-25, 2018
Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved
Alexopoulou, S., Fart, F., Jonsson, A.-S., Karni, L., Kenalemang, L. M., Krishna, S., . . . Widell, B. (2018). Successful ageing in an interdisciplinary context: popular science presentations. Örebro: Örebro University
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2018 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2018. p. 127
National Category
Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66306 (URN)978-91-87789-18-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved
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