The Hackers Take on the Terrorists in the Mean Streets of Twitter
“Trolling Day” has begun! The hacktivist group Anonymous launched their online attack on the Islamic State by constantly posting ridiculous and shocking memes that often border on Islamophobia, hashtagging their efforts with #Daeshbags (Get it? This is going to be the maturity level on most of these “jokes”).
Anonymous hopes to counteract the fear that ISIS spreads with its social media efforts by making a mockery of the terrorists. Maybe I’m not in on the joke -- or the cultural meanings/ramifications -- but Anonymous seems obsessed with replacing the heads of the Islamic State with pictures of rubber ducks.
Maybe we shouldn’t expect more from a group that has promised to “troll” ISIS, considering that trolling is often reserved for nothing more than mild annoyances, but these efforts seem ludicrously inane, especially after you’ve seen the pomp and circumstance of the video they posted to announce the protest…
You may be wondering why we are "trolling" Isis and planning all these demonstrations against Isis. But to understand that you must first see how Isis works.
They thrive off of fear they hope that by their actions they can silence all of us and get us to just lay low and hide in fear. But what many forget and even they do is that there are many more people in the world against them than for them.
And that is the goal of this mass uprising, on December 11th we will show them that we are not afraid,we will not just hide in our fear, we are the majority and with our strength in numbers we can make a real difference. We will mock them for the idiots they are.
I’ve never been one to oppose “trolling” -- read through my Twitter feed, I routinely take on Trump, Jeb!, and James Woods -- but these efforts feel like they are in nothing but poor taste...
And to silence those critical of “Trolling Day,” Anonymous released this “Butthurt Report” to anyone “offended by our tweets today.”
Fighting a war on terror has never had easy answers, and we’ve come to more dead-ends than real solutions. We can appreciate anyone’s efforts to counteract fear in the world, but when you meet fear with hatred, you don’t solve anything. Good luck, Anonymous. I’m sure this will garner a lot of attention, but I doubt much in the way of results.
- Vigilant Producer Alex Logan
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