Anonymous Action, Anti-Social Affect: Cruising Virtually Queer Political Currents
Posted: 25 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2014
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
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