Chuck Klosterman is a fantastic writer in that he brings an intelligent eye to the world of pop culture, a field that interests most everybody alive today to some extent. You try and tell me that you haven’t felt some sort of visceral reaction towards the TV show “Honey Boo Boo.” Whether adoration or revulsion, you are officially affected by popular culture (No one said popular equaled quality).
I have experienced a “Chuck Klosterman moment” recently, a moment where my field of study overlapped with a major news event. My Honors Thesis focuses on the role that advanced technology has on blurring the lines between organic and synthetic material, human and non-human, virtual and material.
The “hacktivist” group called Anonymous attacked a United States Government Website over the controversial sentencing and subsequent suicide of hacker Aaron Schwartz. They created this video to transmit their message:
The video creates a unique blur between the real-time events of this hacktivist group and the narrative drive of such vigilante movie heroes such as Batman or the protagonist of “V for Vendetta.” Is the work of these hackers built on bluster? Can they back up their threats and demands? In either case they are proving that dangers to the US Government can come from new realms that were before non-existent or believed to be secure.