Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Our Post About Anonymous' Role In The Rape Case At Steubenville Strikes A Chord In The Blogosphere
The public apparently is intrigued with the notion that the hacktivist group Anonymous might start getting involved with justice issues that affect Main Street, America.
We wrote yesterday about the gang rape and kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio--and Anonymous' role in exposing a possible cover up.
Citizens around the country must like the idea because our post, titled "Rape In Steubenville Attracts Anonymous' Attention To Injustice And Corruption On Main Street, USA," quickly became one of the most widely read pieces we've written in a while.
I wouldn't say our post has gone viral like Sweet Brown, the Oklahoma City resident who is at the heart of the "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" video that has taken the Web by storm. But our little piece is making the rounds. And that tells me the public likes the idea of Anonymous shining a light on the various rogues who trample the rule of law that is supposed to protect regular Americans.
First, our post got picked up at the CryptOnymous News Network, a Webzine devoted to covering stories that involve Anonymous. Our piece was featured in the site's "Society" section.
From there, our piece made its way to Twitter, which caused our readership statistics for yesterday to explode.
We've had hundreds of new visitors today as Crooks and Liars, one of the most widely read progressive sites on the Web, featured our piece in its daily blog roundup.
As any blogger will tell you, it's nice to see your work grab the public's attention. But it's even better to realize that Anonymous has shown an interest in intervening on cases of everyday injustice, the kind that we expose on a regular basis here at Legal Schnauzer.
What can we take from this? It tells me that the public does not trust the U.S. Department of Justice and other law-enforcement agencies to address corruption like the kind that appears to be present in Steubenville. It also tells me that the public does not trust judges, lawyers, and the like to address such issues.
But citizens apparently do like the idea of Anonymous taking cyber action to expose those who think they are above the law. All too often, America's bad actors include judges, lawyers, sheriffs and their deputies, police chiefs and their officers--and, of course, Wall Street types like our old friend Ted Rollins.
The readership bump we've seen in the past two days tells me citizens want to see thugs held accountable--and they believe Anonymous can play a major role in doing it.
That's a lesson that gives us hope for the future.