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Alan Moore on V For Vendetta and the Rise of Anonymous 286

First time accepted submitter tmcb writes in with a piece by Alan Moore about the influence his comic has had on the hacker group Anonymous. "On Saturday protests are planned across the world against Acta — the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The treaty has become the focus of activists associated with the Anonymous hacking network because of concerns that it could undermine internet privacy and aid censorship. First published in 1982, the comic series V for Vendetta charted a masked vigilante's attempt to bring down a fascist British government and its complicit media. Many of the demonstrators are expected to wear masks based on the book's central character. Ahead of the protests, the BBC asked V for Vendetta's writer, Alan Moore, for his thoughts on how his creation had become an inspiration and identity to Anonymous."
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Alan Moore on V For Vendetta and the Rise of Anonymous

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  • by GMonkeyLouie ( 1372035 ) <gmonkeylouie AT gmail DOT com> on Friday February 10, 2012 @11:32AM (#38995349)

    Moore sounds like he is satisfied with his contribution to the movement, but not as satisfied or validated with the achievements of modern radicals (yet).

    I love seeing symbols and characters borrowed from history and re-used, or re-purposed. It reassures me that our actions could potentially matter to future generations.

  • Re:At Least... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by poormanjoe ( 889634 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @12:04PM (#38995681)
    I offer you a quote that might shed some light on the difference between Hollywood's version of good guys, and the real thing.

    "If soldiers thought, they wouldn't be soldiers."

    The line between police and military is becoming grey in the US. They want them to be interchangeable. Once the general public has accepted the fact that your liberties are provided to you by the government, and not your Creator we will be doomed.

    Don't believe in a creator? That's fine, but understand this country was founded by Religous people and we will always be fighting to govern it, because we know our rights are provided by our Creator.
  • by Dasher42 ( 514179 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @12:08PM (#38995717)

    Nah, the news would show some guy taking a dump on the flag, some smashed windows, not cover the rest of the story. The viewers would be telling the trigger-happy police "Atta boy!"

  • How long... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sir_Eptishous ( 873977 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @12:29PM (#38996035) Homepage
    until anyone wearing or owning one of those masks can be arrested for "suspicion of activities detrimental to state security"?
  • Re:At Least... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by icebraining ( 1313345 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @12:49PM (#38996307) Homepage

    Not parent, but:

    Ha, that is most certainly not true.

    Why, because you don't want it to be?

    If it was, how do you justify saying "slavery was wrong"? Or don't you? Because if rights are only granted by society, then if society as a whole decides certain people don't deserve certain rights, then they don't get those rights and that is perfectly justified (if what you say is true). Perhaps you meant to add certain qualifiers.

    Right and wrong is subjective. Slavery was wrong to some, right to others. Since I find slavery to be wrong, I'm glad most society agrees with me, but the fact is that there's no reason to consider one of those positions to be objectively right, therefore they're both valid.

    You have to say there are certain rights that humans possess by being human.

    OK, then please prove it.

  • Re:At Least... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Spykk ( 823586 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @01:06PM (#38996559)
    They chose continuing to live over making a pointless gesture? Pathetic.
  • by gregOfTheWeb ( 398142 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @01:16PM (#38996679)


    Although the government of today (In England) is a progressive bureaucratic creeping state of regulation and control, V for Vendetta makes the evil government a Christian Dictatorship? Yeah...that's a believable outcome.

    The Hero tortures the Heroine to get her on his side in the grand fight? And he's the good guy?

    The glorifying of Guy Fawlkes for his attempt to blow up parliment? What?

    V for Vendetta is a stupid movie.

    If you want to see a great movie about standing up to an evil state watch "The Lives of Others" A movie based in a believable world, one that really exists. Set in the ex-communist East Germany. It is a beautiful movie with sadness throughout but redemption at the end. Including bravery and doing what is right.


  • by tqk ( 413719 ) <s.keeling@mail.com> on Friday February 10, 2012 @01:23PM (#38996753)

    Here in America, the police would just mow down the crowd with machine-gun fire and call it a day.

    There in the USA, the crowd would show up armed to the teeth, and the cops would be running for their lives if they weren't fragging their superiors.

  • by FreeUser ( 11483 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @02:29PM (#38997427)

    I think in some ways the UK police are as bad as anything the US can bring. Note the OC mentions kettling. This is a very distinctly European (and especially London/British) police behaviour and terminology.

    You know, having lived for years in both countries, and being a dual citizen, I can unequivocally say that the police in the UK are nowhere near as bad as the police in the US.

    Not even in the same universe, much less the same ballpark.

    Yes, UK police use kettling, yes, they shoved a newspaper man to the ground (but did not subsequently beat to within an inch of his life) whose internal injuries from the later killed him, yes, they are imperfect, and can be as myopic or provincial as anyone. Yes, the chief of police can get buy for years with flagrant corruption and keep his post long past his sell-by date by deftly playing the ethnicity card over and over again, until a victim of his own ethnicity finally outs him in court, yes to all of that.

    But that pales in comparison to the harshness of the US police that is part and parcel of daily policing here. Unarmed people here are shot dead in their own home, with alarming regularity, and the police get away with it by saying they 'thought he was armed.' There was just another instance of that in the tri-state area this past week, and dozens more in the 18 months or so I've been back in the states.

    The UK police can be criticized plenty, but until you've lived on this side of the pond, you really don't know how good you have it. Your police are positively humane and polite, sometimes to a fault, by comparison.

  • by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @02:46PM (#38997613)

    Well... we already know the V mask version of Guido Fawkes and where it came from... but what about the Lulz characters?

    Both LulzSec and that new one- whats it called something "S" Sec- the one that got FoxConn recently use a snobby looking character with a top-hat. The two logos are different- but there are obvious similarities... the black tophat for one.

    The only thing I can think of is "black hat"- although they're not really black hat hackers... Personally, I think they should be called "Red Hat" because they don't fit the white hat or grey hat definitions either. Red is the symbol for revolution and activism.

    Nonetheless- I thought the colour hat referred to Westerns- you know the cowboy in white was the good guy- the guy in black was the bad guy. No?

    Anyhow- back on subject- what is the origin of that guy- is it just a coincidence the new groups logo looks similar to Lulzsecs logo?

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982