Una Mullally: GameStop shenanigans speak to moment

Motivations multifaceted and actors diverse but late-stage capitalism was target of move

The GameStop event pulls at cyber-anarchism, anti-capitalist  action, pure internet divilment, pandemic boredom and  recession-revenge. It reflects the urge to “burn it all down”.  Photograph: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

The GameStop event pulls at cyber-anarchism, anti-capitalist action, pure internet divilment, pandemic boredom and recession-revenge. It reflects the urge to “burn it all down”. Photograph: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

Last week’s stock market shenanigans over GameStop found me drifting back to anthropologist Gabriella Coleman’s excellent 2014 book titled Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: the Many Faces of Anonymous.

In the book’s introduction, we can see how the loose collective of Guy Fawkes mask-wearing hackers and activists permeates mainstream culture.

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