Thursday, September 14, 2006

An Army of Davids

So I'm reading this book called "An Army or Davids" subtitled: "How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to beat Big Media, Big Government and Other Goliaths by Glenn Reynolds". Here is an excerpt from it: ....The pseudonymous hacker "Johnathan Galt" appears to have set up a phony pro-terrorism site that solicited support and donations from those sympathetic to Islamic terror. After operating for several months (with, apparently, the assistance of Islamist bin-Laden sympathizers who thought it was genuine), the site became a new and improved anti-Islamic terror site sporting the legend, "We've changed our mind: Jihad is crap!"
...Internet entrepreneur "Jon David," who runs a number of Internet porn sites as his day job, has made a hobby out of hijacking pro-terror websites. Most recently he scored a coup by successfully taking over the Al Qaida website. Visitors were redirected to a mirror page operated by David, from which he harvested 27,000 IP addresses per day, along with other information he has shared with the FBI.

I imagine that by now everyone is setting up their own fake sites and feeding each other bogus information, soliciting funds and basically just muddying the waters but it was a cool idea. I think his point was that the individual citizen may be better equipped to do something about terrorism than the lumbering government structures alone. The title of the chapter is "A Pack Not a Herd.
With so many people setting up their own internet radio and even TV type programs, individual people can have a much larger effect than they could previously. I like the idea of being part of a pack better than being part of a herd. It brings to mind wolves rather than cows. Moo.
He also talks about the music business and how distressed they are about people being able to act as their own recording studios with the help of just a $300 piece of software. It's happening in the movies as well. Apparently we already have other options than the Hollywood blockbuster.
Lots and lots of people from all over the world running around with six friends, a video camera and an idea are getting their 15 minutes of fame and having a chance at even more. Taking back perceptions of right and wrong, ugly and beautiful. Perhaps we can wrest away from the media the definition of beauty and blast the narrowly defined pictures that are held up to us now of creatures like (insert the name of whichever reigning icon bugs you the most). Bringing down Al Qaida with pot shots from computer nerds. Going back to the tradition of guerilla warfare. I guess we really are in the middle of a new revolution.


At 14 September, 2006 18:48, Anonymous Mrs. Joseph said...

I thought you might like to know that I read your blog. Similar themes.


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