“Stryker’s book, published on September 1, aims to tell the story of how Anonymous originated on the website 4chan.org, covering the site’s “transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced—and will continue to influence— society at large.” It has received markedly negative reviews from Anonymous members and Amazon customers.”—
“I was expecting Daniel Craig and I got Chuck Klosterman.”—A disappointed guy I met last night who’d only ever seen my book jacket photo. I will forever live in the shadow of that unusually suave image.
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Exclusive! Fun times. Also, inner-Anonymous smack talk:
An authoritative book would make the organization and its activism accessible beyond media coverage and, among other things, those other books on the matter, Mr. Housh noted, as he bemoaned the dearth of accurate information on the subject. “A lot of books about Anonymous—Cole Stryker’s being one of them—there were some sentences that were correct, but that’s about about it.”
Pfffffft. This is disappointing. Gregg was a helpful source who seemed encouraged by my desire to set the record straight when I interviewed him for Epic Win. I guess you’re forced into slinging mud when you’re playing catch-up on a story that’s already a year old and big advances are on the line.
That being said, Epic Win was never intended to be a dazzling exposé of the group, more of an analytical look at its heritage within the context of web community and an attempt to explain the group’s motivations.
Anyway, I look forward to seeing what Gregg and Barret can add to the discussion. I knew something like this would be announced before the end of the year (I know of at least two other books in the works), and figured it’d make a nice complement to my research. Oh well.
Meanwhile, I’m already knee deep in a follow-up. Guess I can cross these two off my list for interviews.
“Stryker is primarily a blogger and isn’t associated with a university – “I think that casual bloggers are more interesting than media studies professors” – but Miltner advises me that “he knows the memesphere like no other”, and one critic on the social blogging platform Tumblr describes him as “A STRAIGHT UP G”, which sounds promising.”—
“On 4chan—you might have to censor this—but I distinctly remember my friend sending me a link to a meme called “shitting dick nipples,” which is an image from a manga of a woman creature… who has dicks for nipples that are pooping. And um… basically, the appeal is not so much in the image itself but in the idea that there’s somebody out there meticulously crafting this sort of thing.”—Q&A with Cole Stryker, Author of the 4chan Book Epic Win for Anonymous | Know Your Meme