And they’re not just hanging about waiting for their inheritance. This generation is standing out and making their voices heard again - at last. After the apathy of the 80’s and 90’s, Greed is Good generation, there’s a new generation taking up the mantle of the 68′ers.
Anonymous, the loose affiliation of hackers from around the world who’ve decided to target the big organizations that have closed their doors to WikiLeaks, is, according to the Dutch underground cyber specialist who goes by the name of Ernesto van der Sar, largely composed of 15-25 year olds. They communicate via chat rooms and Twitter and get commands such as “Fire Now” from Twitter where they synchronise their cyber attacks. So far they haven’t exactly succeeded in shutting down the world - but they don’t really have to. The point is that they’re out there, they’re being noticed, and their actions and the retributions for them, are serving to make a Holy Crusade out of the WikiLeaks exposes, with Julian Assange as their Chief Martyr.
As the news cameras flocked to the closed paddy wagon where the recently arrested Assange was being transported, the clearest words to be heard from the crowd were “Julian We Love You.”
Whether he really will be found guilty of the rape charges hanging over his head are a matter still to be resolved, but there’s no doubt that a lot of people - especially young people - believe he’s being framed for bringing out hundreds of thousands of documents that are giving an unprecedented behind the scenes look at diplomacy and pragmatic - some would say - cynical political decisions.
As far as I’m concerned, watching the video taken from an American helicopter gunship shooting what are clearly Iraqi civilians and journalists was alone enough for me to join Team Assange.
I’m joining the I am Assange lobby. How about you?
I may not be of the generation about to inherit the earth, but as a mother of that generation, I want to leave them a cleaner legacy than the one we look set to be leaving now.