Started: 11 February 2008, 15:42 UTC
Finished: 11 February 2008, 16:30 UTC

Scientology and the Net; or, the more things stay the same, the more they change

In 1995, Scientology makes an unusually overt attempt to censor the Net. A group of hackers calling itself Cult of the Dead Cow declares war on Scientology.

Years pass. Stuff happens.

In 2008, Scientology makes an unusually overt attempt to censor the Net. A group of hackers calling itself Anonymous declares war on Scientology.

Some things stay the same. Scientology remains. The Net remains. Scientology reacts badly to criticism. The Net reacts badly to censorship. Even the reaction is similar — the readers of both those declarations took them in the same spirit of good-natured hyperbole, in the spirit of "ha ha only serious".

But in the years between, the net grew exponentially, something like doubling every year. Scientology— well, Scientology didn't.

In 2008, the declaration gets people on the streets, wearing V for Vendetta masks, waving placards. Admittedly some of the placards say "Long cat is looooong", but then the appropriate level of surreality must be maintained. Most of the placards are on-point. A couple of hundred protesters in this city, a couple of hundred in that, all over the world, it adds up. They protest for a while, then go home or to the pub — but the statement has been made.

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Anonymous analyst criticises anonymity

12 February 2008, 2:36 UTCcomment by Thorne Lawler
*reads* "...looooong..." *ROTFLMAO* (Literally! Note: Ones workmates look at one funny when one does this at work)

Generally, yeah, it's good to see a slightly substantial response this time, although for the most part I find the whole thing amusing in a crazy-people-versus-crackpots sort of way...

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