EPIC WIN FOR ANONYMOUS is now a more relevant book than ever, with the subject of Anonymous and online privacy gaining additional attention in the media every day. We would highlight that is the first book to tell the story of the misunderstood, highly relevant group, Anonymous, and how its actions are influencing how we behave online, and off.
4chan is an image-based online community bulletin board created by a 14-year old wunderkind in 2003. With over 5 million monthly users and over 300 million page views, 4chan is one of the largest and most influential web communities. It is also perhaps the most wildly misunderstood web community. As The Washington Post states, “How 4chan manages over and over again to outwit the systems that multibillion-dollar corporations use to make money on the Internet is one of the great mysteries of the capricious online world.”
Throughout Epic Win, Cole writes with a voice that strikes the right balance of being informative, approachable, and entertaining. Whether examining the Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyber-bullying is part of our new reality, or explaining the lifecycle of LOL Cats, Epic Win constructs a convincing argument for 4chan’s cultural relevancy, and how it has influenced—and will continue to influence—internet culture, as well as society at large.