So now that Anonymous, the hacker agglomerate that gathers on 4chan messageboards but that remains anonymous, online, and multiple has launched Operation Payback, and now that Visa.com has gone down under a denial of service attack, now that the companies are losing money and business because individuals can’t access their websites, should we declare that new media power wins the day?
Or should we instead notice that new media power works the other way around as well: the WikiLeaks group has been booted off Facebook, and the Visa situation was sparked by Ebay’s PayPal cutting WikiLeaks off.
David Weinberger argues we should be “standing with the net.” We should definitely be standing for freedom of expression. What we need to understand is that the same thing that makes the internet a platform for freedom also makes it powerful in a way that we haven’t seen yet on a large scale. Yes, we understand that state barriers are dissolving and individual networks are becoming ever more important. But is this the first major case of new media power?