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‘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
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Successful Ageing)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8391-5606
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5049-1886
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.

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2018.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Law; Linguistics; Art History; Information technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-67087DiVA, id: diva2:1210091
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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

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