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A look into Anonymous‘ most recent cyber protest

By Lory Martinez

OP USA Poster

Infamous hacker group “Anonymous” threatened a massive cyber attack on US servers earlier this week  to protest American foreign policy. The plan, dubbed #OP USA, was to be Anonymous’ successful follow-up to #OP Israel, but it did little to no damage to US sites.

According to the group’s press release, “#OpUSA will be initiated on 7th of May 2013 and will target American websites & servers. The hackers say they are targeting the USA for its war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hackers also said the attacks will be done in solidarity with the innocent victims of american drone attacks especially the innocent children.”

However,the plan backfired and instead reinforced relations between the groups’ victims-the US and Israel- in cyberspace. The Times of Israel reported that Israeli hackers promised to fight alongside American cyber-defenders, if the need should arise. The Israel Elite Hacker team, formed in the wake of #OpIsrael, tweeted, “This is a message from the Jewish Nation to our friends in the #USA,” the group said. “Although we have cowards for leaders, we take care of our friends!”

In the states, our cultural response had less of a “friends stick together” feel. It was simply a matter of memes:

The Internet reacts to #OPUSA

Some food for thought, from all of us here at The Media Review.

A note: Even though the semester is over and our show ended this past week, we will still be bringing you updates and commentary on the media well into the summer. Thanks for listening and reading!


By Lory Martinez

                A look into the ways memes and internet trends have changed the way we experience things.



   As Al Gore says in his book , The Future: 6 Drivers of Global Change, “The supercomputers and software in use have all been designed by human beings, but as Marshall McLuhan once said, “We shape our tools, and thereafter, our tools shape us.” Since the global Internet and the billions of intelligent devices and machines connected to it—the Global Mind — represents what is arguably far and away the most powerful tool that human beings have ever used, it should not be surprising that it is beginning to reshape the way we think in ways both trivial and profound — but sweeping and ubiquitous.”

    With an enormous network of contributors from all over the world, It’s no wonder that “Global Mind” has engaged in trivial pursuits such as can be found in trends on sites such as Reddit and Twitter. Our sense of humor has essentially evolved with the medium. It builds, as posts on Tumblr do, with one person blogging and another reblogging a witty reaction resulting in a chain of humorous quips that make internet history by becoming Memes.  

   In this MEME WORLD, we think and speak in joke form and sarcasm and witticisms stroll into just about every conversation we have.  So here’s the question: Is our comical way of looking at things a sign of a global change in our sense of humor?  What will our infinite collection of online visual and audio visual recordings of humanity at its most hilarious do for us, in the long run? When we look at history books(Ebooks) in 50 odd years, what will future generations think of our online witticisms?


   Consider a brief conversation between two friends in a coffee shop. After a few hellos and whatnot, what inevitably follows is a phone ringing (or in most cases vibrating “silently” in one’s bag). Each party checks his or her phone, and finding no messages, one puts the phone away while the other, sees and responds to a notification on Facebook, chuckling. The friend asks, “What’s so funny?” and the other replies, “Oh nothing, my friend just posted a funny status on Facebook. She’s hilarious, she has a twitter you know, lots of followers.”

   They  both check twitter and point out the latest trending post via #firstworldproblems , a tag used to ridicule first world inhabitants complaints about things they are privileged to have. The conversation continues, and one person or other says something funny or witty and immediately takes to posting it on Twitter.

   The previous conversation is surprisingly commonplace.  Because we are constantly connected, we experience existence at the click of a “post” button. One tweet = an affirmation of two things: I exist and I am interesting. This results in an egocentric mindset fueled by our desire to amuse others and get attention for our display of intelligence.


   Though Twitter has been used to spread the news, share photos and report important information, the majority of its users are ordinary people going through the motions of their days, using this social media outlet to vent their frustrations and find humor in otherwise boring situations.

    As a result, we have begun to do things and immediately think about 140 characters to describe them or, in the case of Tumblr users, what a good gif that would make.

    I tried to join Twitter on numerous occasions but found the pressure to be witty a little too much to handle. It’s not that you have to be funny to have a twitter account, but one must recognize that no ordinary status will suffice to spark interest and gain followers. We feel we have to be amusing in order to get attention. As the generation that has created these MEMES, we have brought on a world that calls for entertainment 24/7. It’s no surprise that we have become a part of said entertainment, oftentimes taking the stage and standing on a metaphorical soapbox to tell complete strangers just how we are doing today.  

   For now, living in our world of instant entertainment isn’t so bad; we post and share and laugh and create an interactive human history.  As time passes, we will see just how much more involved we become in this MEME world that has already begun to change the way we look at things in everyday life 

   For those of you interested in the most popular memes of last year and even some of Binghamton University’s own memes check these out: