As I write this, the Anons were publicly debating whether to attack the government of New Zealand for daring to consider legislation banning software piracy, or to focus its collective ire on the US government for debating the US Protect IP act, which gives more power to ISPs to police alleged scofflaws.
It’s an unusual window into the lives of people who make up the population of Anon worker bees and wanna bees. It’s also excruciatingly dull.
TechReview’s Julian Dibble notes that though we now know more about Anonymous than we used to, thanks to Ryan/Backtrace et al, we still don’t know enough to draw any firm conclusions about who they really are.
But after spending a few hours checking out their public chats, I think I have a good feel for what they’re about. Anonymous’s real enemy isn’t oppressive governments or Web censorship or ‘stupid people on on the Internet’ or even its own disgruntled members. Anonymous’s real enemy is boredom. They’ve got too much time on their hands, and they spend it staring at screens instead of doing something useful with their lives. Just like my teenage son.
In short, Anonymous needs a job. And probably a haircut.