However this may not always be the case, as some of the collective prefer to instead cover their face without using the well-known mask as a disguise.
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Encyclopedia Dramatica was founded in 2004 by Sherrod Di Grippo, initially as a means of documenting gossip related to livejournal, but it quickly was adopted as a major platform by Anonymous for satirical and other purposes.
The not safe for work site celebrates a subversive "trolling culture", and documents Internet memes, culture, and events, such as mass pranks, trolling events, "raids", large-scale failures of Internet security, and criticism of Internet communities that are accused of self-censorship in order to gain prestige or positive coverage from traditional and established media outlets.
Some actions by members of the group have been described as being anti-Zionist.
It has threatened to cyber-attack Israel and engaged in the "#Op Israel" cyber-attacks of Israeli websites on Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2013.
Anons were early supporters of the global Occupy movement and the Arab Spring. It is a crowd of people, a nebulous crowd of people, working together and doing things together for various purposes." Brian Kelly writes that three of the group's key characteristics are "(1) an unrelenting moral stance on issues and rights, regardless of direct provocation; (2) a physical presence that accompanies online hacking activity; and (3) a distinctive brand." Quinn Norton of Wired writes that "Anons lie when they have no reason to lie.
We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the Internet who need—just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn't be able to do in regular society. They weave vast fabrications as a form of performance.Supporters have called the group "freedom fighters" Long-standing political question that has gone unanswered with often tragic consequences for social movements.This is an Internet-based, non-extremist, socialist community movement that looks for answers to questions that are unanswered.During the DDo S attacks, a group of Anons uploaded a You Tube video in which a robotic voice speaks on behalf of Anonymous, telling the "leaders of Scientology" that "For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind—for the laughs—we shall expel you from the Internet." Many protesters wore the stylized Guy Fawkes masks popularized by the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta, in which an anarchist revolutionary battles a totalitarian government; the masks soon became a popular symbol for Anonymous.By the start of 2009, Scientologists had stopped engaging with protesters and had improved online security, and actions against the group had largely ceased.Gabriella Coleman writes of the group, "In some ways, it may be impossible to gauge the intent and motive of thousands of participants, many of who don't even bother to leave a trace of their thoughts, motivations, and reactions. There's a common phrase: 'we are doing it for the lulz.' Because Anonymous has no leadership, no action can be attributed to the membership as a whole.