This thesis examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism.
Many visual tropes have accompanied Occupy Wall Street’s rise to public prominence. In the beginning, there was the ethereal image of a ballerina poised delicately on the back of the Wall Street bull which graced the original posters and calls-for-action. There were photos of Zuccotti Park crammed with tents and blue tarps. The iconic “I am the 99%” stance, a photo of a single person, holding a handwritten sign dense with text, became a form in and of itself, attracting spinoffs, parodies, and rebuttals.
Gabriella Coleman examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions and the role of the law and digital media in sustaining forms of activism.