Anonymous Sony Protest–Epic Fail?
Despite the GeoHot case being closed, Anonymous kept Sony in its cross hairs. After its online protests unfairly inconvenienced consumers through collateral damage, Anonymous took its cause to the streets–or more specifically, to Sony stores.
A planned boycott on April 16th should have seen thousands of protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks, sitting in Sony shops across the nation, distributing fliers to shoppers. The actual outcome was far less sensational.
Unlike the impressive Scientology protests of Anonymous’ Project Chanology, far fewer protesters took part in Operation Sony. In fact, the only photo of an actual protester shows him unmasked, lonely, and ignored by shoppers.
Operation Sony may have met with some success in the UK, where most Sony stores were allegedly closed. Signs posted at the shop in Arndale City Centre, Manchester, stated “closed due to unforeseen circumstances,” and police were seen guarding a closed shop in the Trafford Centre in Manchester. Whether this was due to the threat of Anonymous or the Manchester Derby is up for debate.
Anonymous has already been losing support for its cause, and this ineffectual protest may signal the death knell of Operation Sony.