The Morning GIF: Project Mayhem

Anonymous has something big planned for this December.

 

Lorraine Murphy

Internet Culture

Published Oct 19, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 9:08 am CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

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Anonymous is a great daily source of many things: chaos, resistance, hacking, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, agitation, and (of course) lulz. Until now, they wouldn’t be your first choice for GIFs.

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Until. Now.

Project Mayhem is Anonymous’ long-term culture jamming art project. It’s nebulous, but basically it seeks to present, through art of all kinds, a disruptive, creative alternative to quotidian Western reality. It’s billed as The End of Fear, and loosely inspired by the Project Mayhem from Fight Club. And as in Fight Club, you have to trust Tyler.

Imagine we purchase a USB drive.
Imagine we take it to our workplaces.
Imagine we pretend we have to work late hours.
Imagine we accumulate all sort of evidences about illegal deeds.
Imagine Conscientious insiders worldwide begin to expose all lies.
Imagine we code an extremely simple interface so that anyone can do it.

Imagine we all synchronize our clocks to act at the same Time, on the Winter Solstice, the 21st of December 2012 at eleven minutes past eleven local time.

From the 12th of December 2012, to the 21st of December 2012, people all over the world upload the evidence of illegality, corruption, and fraud they have gathered to TYLER.

Imagine we leak it all.

Imagine.

TYLER is Anonymous’ long-anticipated peer to peer sharing program, something like Napster, but encrypted and outside the reach of the RIAA. Of course, RIAA might have a different opinion about that. It officially launches Nov. 5 (remember!).

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Project Mayhem aims to give people a new, empowering way to interact with their world. This text-rich beating heart GIF, The Anonymous Declaration of the United States of the World, is a start. Propaganda, after all, is the first line of offense.

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*First Published: Oct 19, 2012, 8:24 am CDT