Anonymous Action, Anti-Social Affect: Cruising Virtually Queer Political Currents

Posted: 25 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper deploys Deleuze and Guattari’s nomadology and Sloterdijk’s genealogy of rage to argue affects connect, stoke, sustain, and orient insurgent Anonymous assemblages. Cruising the memes comprising the image-repertoire of Anonymous allows analytical insight in the tactics, strategies, and ‘governmentality’ of the hacktivists assembled behind virtual Guy Fawkes masks. Taking ACT-UP as an antecedent to Anonymous contentious political action, this paper argues the affective impulsion to act-out(raged) contributes to transvaluing political norms about surveillance, privacy, accessibility, and freedom in contemporary securitized milieus.

Keywords: Cruising Politics, Anonymous, hacktivism, Deleuze and Guattari, Sloterdijk, affect, rage, ACT-UP, queer theory, anti-sociality, agonistic democracy

Suggested Citation

Galloway, Samuel, Anonymous Action, Anti-Social Affect: Cruising Virtually Queer Political Currents (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2453359

Samuel Galloway (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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