A Manifest in Double-Think;
-A reaction to the Anonymous Nomad-
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself -- that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.”1
In anticipation of Operation 1984 we will present a view of the Anonymous derived from Orwell's personality splitt: O'Brian and Winston.
At once we must recognize the current tendencies that are emitted from the ranks of the Anonymous as Winston's desperate hope that if it is granted that freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four, all else follows. Truisms are true, hold on to that!2 – it is this thought that elsewhere has been characterized as a will to selftyranny - a voluntary subjugation to a liberal addiction.3 That is, differently put, if we grant credibility to the claim that slogan information is free is indeed a truism, we, as the Anonymous, are holding two contradictory beliefs in [...] mind simultaneously, and accept[...] both of them.4 – we practice double-think.
“Bold claims”, you say!?
“Show us this contradiction,” you demand!?
“How can you speak of truisms, dear Anonymous, when you cannot hold on to a truth?”, is what we will answer in return.
Who then are you, Anonymous, really? Are we the naïve, ever so innocent and, ultimately, socially dysfunctional persona of Winston? Bend on finding truth and liberating our fellow citizens – doing the truly right thing for our global community.
So many high and mighty voices sound through the every sifting mask that the Anonymous sure does sound like Winston. “We cannot hold on to a truth? We are fighting for a truth!”
Is the Anonymous essentially not unlike O'Brian? Preoccupied with its own survival first and foremost. Cunning like a fox - cleverly acting in such a way as to deceive our audiences into thinking that the truth we fight for is a truth we hold dear. So experienced in deceiving that we manage to deceive the Anonymous itself into believing our lies.
O'Brian, a persona that has all the qualities that intellectuals in our actual world possess. Critical thinking. Rhetorics. Knowledge. Yet, in no way do his actions chime with what we expect our intellectuals to do. If they would, O'Brian would not live to tell the tale. – torture for torture's sake – art for art's sake – freedom for the sake of freedom. Such empty phrases.
Big Brother threatens to take away our possibility to practive lulz for the sake of lulz. Is this not the sole answer to the 'why?' of the Anonymous? What freedom? What cosmopolitan utopia in virtual reality? These are not the reasons why we started our fight. In our perspective Assange wasn't assisted – MasterCard, Visa, PayPall, and friends, were trolled.
Just a small excuse was needed to convince those watching that what we did, we did for some cause. We claimed to fight for freedom, yet we hampered others in their freedom. An eye for an eye? Maybe. But won't the whole world go blind after a while?
Regardless of the original intentions, a curious thing now has happened. O'Brian, the Anonymous, made, through this first act of deception, a first contact with Winston, some more recent Anonymous. And this Winston thought to see a kindred spirit: [Winston] felt deeply drawn to him. [I]t was because of a secretly held belief, or perhaps not even a belief, merely a hope that O'Brian's political orthodoxy was not perfect. Something in his face suggested it irresistibly. And again, maybe it was not even unorthodoxy that was written in his face, but simply intelligence. But at any rate he had the appearance of being a person that you could talk to if somehow you could cheat the telescreen and get him alone.5
And so Winston joined O'Brian. Both now speak through this mask, named the Anonymous. But, how long will it take before either one is aken to room 101? Which one of these two personalities is the true nomad? Which one is the true bureaucrat? These are questions we need answered.
11984, ch. 3
21984, ch. 7
3Manifesto of the Anonymous Nomad.
41984, ch. 3
51984, ch. 1