Anonymous

Since we have not had a discussion in class this week, I have taken the time to talk about current events – specifically, Anonymous.

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I had first heard about Anonymous when they became an active interest on Twitter. Their efforts, in this circumstance, dealt with an issue on massive deaths in a Middle Eastern Country. I cannot remember the particulars because it was quite some years ago; however, I took an interest in them back then and I am now reemerging my interest.

Recently, Anonymous made an announcement that they were coming for ISIS. They claimed to “not forgive” and “not forget,” as in their slogan. I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw their video. I watched it intently trying to grasp their mission. I understood, through the video, that they wanted to put a stop to ISIS, as many people want, but what was fascinating to me was their sense of patriotism. I remember Anonymous being a group that was only interested in bringing about the truth. I never understood their goal or mission in the first place. I had a small background knowledge that they were independent and for themselves. I wasn’t quite sure if I was right in my accusations, so I researched them.

Anonymous was formed in 2003 but never truly began their mission until 2008. Their mission is to enforce the Constitution and the “fight for Internet freedom and the freedom of speech,” (w3bsecurity). Their missions have varied from exposing rapist acts, shutting down racist influences, verifying company frauds, attacking Church of Scientology, slamming Westboro Baptist Church, and having multiple missions across the world to protect citizens. The interesting thing about Anonymous is that they are a collaborative group of people who cannot be traced or tracked to any specific location, holds no official, and shows no pattern. They work undercover and in secret to deface the threats they see each nation facing.

From what I have uncovered thus far, Anonymous have only used their powers for good. Although they have tapped into illegal zones, they have only done so to expose the truth to the nations. They are known as hackivists and they are a mysterious group that only proves to act when help is needed; Anonymous certainly knows its way around computers and Internet. They saved a 15 year-old girl from a rape case where the government were letting the perpetrators free; however, Anonymous hacked the files of the case and exposed the evidence needed to prove the perpetrators guilty. They have also hacked Mexican drug cartels and child pornography sites. It seems they work to take down home pages of influential people to expose the truth.

I still have a lot of questions that cannot be answered for the time being. There is a rumor going around that they just took down 5,500 ISIS accounts in their attempt to stop them. It seems that this legion works to enforce the proper freedoms that they believe are to be upheld. Although they may be seen as criminals, they are just exposing secrets that can hurt millions of people. If you don’t want to get caught, don’t do it – especially on the Internet.

Citations:

“Anonymous (group).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, nd. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.

Love, Dylan. “8 Things That Anonymous, The Hacker ‘Terrorist’ Group, Has Done For Good.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 27 Apr. 2013. Web. 18. Nov. 2015.

Syrmopoulos, Jay. “Anonymous Takes Down 5,500 ISIS Accounts – 24 Hours After ISIS Called Them.” The Mind Unleashed. The Mind Unleashed Inc, 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.

“Who is Anonymous.” W3bsecurity. W3bsecurity. n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

In this week’s blog, I have decided to focus on the influence of peers on the current Mizzou climate following President Wolfe’s resignation followed by Chancellor Loftin’s resignation in effect at the end of the school year.

Prior to Wednesday:

I support the rights of all students to feel safe and protected in Mizzou. The events that have escalated were portrayed on innocent souls by individuals and/or groups of people. The silence that Wolfe has decided to instate in no means help the cause for a radical change on campus. Before coming to Mizzou, I understood I would be people from all around the nation and world. The school is known for its journalism program which is already inviting all nationalities and lifestyles. If a student comes to Mizzou without an open mind, that is when oppression comes into play. I feel as if it is a duty of Wolfe to make notice of the terrible racists acts happening on campus. No single person should feel ashamed or oppressed to go to school. Students are already paying thousands of dollars to get educated; therefore, there needs to a be a stand on what is appropriate/allowed in the campus and what is not. Clearly all types of oppression are not acceptable in society. Wolfe should have listened to the people and showed some kind of plan of reform for the campus; however, he lacked the ability to follow through with the demands of the students.

Some speculate that Wolfe only resigned because the university would lose thousands and thousands of dollars if the football team refused to practice or play. If that is what truly happened, I am disgusted and embarrassed to say I go to school at such an institution. Although football is a mass income for the school, there are more important things happening to innocent people. The world is built on money and run by money.

Why didn’t Wolfe take that opportunity to defy the laws and regulate a sufficient institution for all peoples? He chose to side with business, which most royalties do. This could be for family reasons or for his own benefit. He saw a way out that seemed like it could be viewed as his support for the student or, if we truly uncover the truth, it can be seen as a coward act by a man who is too afraid to stand for what’s right. Being the head of an institution limits the amount of freedom of speech; however, if he is in such a high placement, there should be no thoughts of discrimination to anyone. He was suppose to be trustworthy and the people’s person. Instead, he proved to be a follower.

The demands given by the students, in a sense, are a bit unreasonable. The increase in colored staff is not a decision for any executive member. It is the university’s priority to establish the most educated and exceptional staff members. There is no way of keeping a high status and education level when the establishment is forced to hire unequipped staff members. I am in no way trying to oppress anyone, but there is still a need for qualifications and if one member reaches those qualifications, they cannot be punished based on their skin color or lifestyle.

I support the movement, not the moment. I want to see change in behavior on campus, but it cannot be done through firing all of the executive board. Calling such attention to Wolfe created a campus wide climate that encourages unity – which is the ultimate goal. If little actions can be called out as unnecessary and the proper consequences imposed on the perpetrator, I believe we can solve the problem. There is still a long movement ahead, but as we unite closer, we become one step closer.

Post Wednesday:

It is no longer a matter of getting executives out of office, but the problem lies within people. From the recent catastrophic events, it has come to my attention that racism is just as much a threat in previous years as today. Although the percentage of racists have decreased, speaking from Civil War times, there is still a present and real threat for my friends.

Coming from a diverse hometown where racism was not present in any shape like Mizzou’s climate, I did not have the thought or creativity to even imagine such frightening people existing. I do not even have words to express my feelings. I feel as if everything is happening so fast: the protests, hunger strikes, actual abusive people. Being a freshman is the most stressful at this moment in time because I am still acclimating to how to live away from home, with people I don’t know, and taking on a new course of learning. I am worried for my friends and I wish this would all end; however, it is a movement, not a moment.

Revisions mean Understanding

In modern times, drafts have denounced from their once hierarchy position and are belittled to a peasant. By this, I mean that drafts are out and Word is in. Word document has accumulated popular demand by the applications that it continually improves on for editors and writers alike. Features such as spelling and grammar check, comments, track changes, built in thesaurus, and more, accommodate the most basic writer in his piece. How is this going to affect future generations? The kids of the future will not have to worry about having to spell completely nor look for correct sentence structure with the modern Word document. I cannot imagine what improvements technologists have in store for the future Word. Technology is dumbing down the English language while building science skills.

In Dave and Russell’s “Drafting and Revising,” they brought about this point I am now conceiving. The way drafting has changed is radical. Technology has overrun students with this idea that the computer is a self-editer. The need for a printed copy seems outdated in a sense. Although research depicted no drastic improvement with hard or electronic drafts, the real question that should have surfaced is: what is true and what is false? Truth of the matter, “handwriting may teach students how to revise better,” (431). Through handwriting, the computer cannot operate for us – our brains would have to turn its wheels. The revision is necessary and practical, yes, but it is what we learn from revisions that make us true authors. The English language cannot be applicable unless revisions are taken seriously and understood completely. Any person can take words and make a sentence; however, that sentence can be manipulated to mean anything unless the correct context is used – which is where revision rests. With the use of revisions, it is understood that the student understands the assignment and completes it fully.

Now think about the future. To decipher what is practical in the future, one would need to call for a vision of the cyber era. This new world is complex and every corner is coded with the latest technology. Doors are now activated with synchronized combination patterns of numbers and letters. The cameras that linger on the rooftops are protruding and retracting as desired. Television sets are more than 3D but 4D in all senses. The control is within the swipe of a hand, and as for computers, they run the world. The computer is the one thing that holds every piece of information about each person. Every social security number, every transaction, every conversation is locked away in the database.

Looking back at the big picture, this era is run by technology. Clearly, the skills applicable for this world would be science; however, language, has decreased to a minimal. The spoken language is merely all the citizens need. There will be computers that can read the consumer’s thoughts and put them onto paper. If there is a need for a more complex vocabulary, the touch or verbal command with correct the mistake. The computers hold the language while the people merely live in it.

The relevance of this? Word document. The extremity is unlikely but not out of the question. This is just a call to action. To rethink the way drafting is done. Can we let computers control our thoughts and dumb us down back to the cavemen era? Multiple tribes are developed in a fashion where language is only spoken and, sometimes, depicted with symbols. I see that being the future – reversing time and replaying history.

Although it is clear that extensive research is needed to better understand what is being learned and what is being dismissed with the arrival of advanced technology, it is understood that we must “theorize how students’ conceptions and practices of revision are shaped by the intersection of technology,” (430). If we are to understand the English language, revisions are necessary. Can technology also be beneficial? That is controversial. The Internet makes it nearly impossible to know if these are ideas are original or preconceived by another source. It is also unknown to what extend a student relies on the computer and Internet to produce his story. With technology quickly advancing, research needs to begin on what must be concrete in English classes and what must be dismissed. An obvious answer would be to prohibit computers as writing tools until later years, but that alters the future of the children and the dependability on the technology era. This idea is left open to suggestions and not limited to what is referenced. Students are “affected” by “writing processes and their conceptions of writing,” (430). If the world turns digital, the English language will no longer be a hard copy but a rough, electronic draft.􏰁􏰅􏰆􏰙􏰋􏰎􏰍􏰎􏰅􏰏􏰄􏰖􏰁􏰘􏰄 􏰍􏰃􏰁􏰕􏰚􏰄 􏰉􏰍􏰈􏰆􏰃􏰅􏰍􏰉􏰄􏰚􏰐􏰙􏰄 􏰍􏰐􏰄 􏰋􏰃􏰂􏰎􏰉􏰃􏰄􏰛􏰃􏰍􏰍􏰃􏰋􏰜􏰄􏰁􏰅􏰆􏰙􏰋􏰎􏰍􏰎􏰅􏰏􏰄􏰖􏰁􏰘􏰄 􏰍􏰃􏰁􏰕􏰚􏰄 􏰉􏰍􏰈􏰆􏰃􏰅􏰍􏰉􏰄􏰚􏰐􏰙􏰄 􏰍􏰐􏰄 􏰋􏰃