4chan: Defenders of the Internet?

4chan is at it again, bless their little trollish hearts. They’ve taken up the role of vigilante force for the media pirates on the Internet. I pointed out at some point in the past that the evolution of the Internet would include a de-facto police force, since meat space jurisprudence can’t work at cyber speed. I think we are starting to see that take place.

The current tactics, however, will probably not make much of an impact. The sites being targeted are of very little economic importance. If you take down the web site for a bunch of lawyers, you are really aren’t affecting their ability to do their job. However, if they start to wise up and focus their efforts on better targets, they could have a significant impact.

For example, if one were to properly approach the problem, then the impact to commerce must be maximized. There are a number of weak spots they could focus on. I wonder the effect of DDOS’ing a major motion picture studio’s web site for a new movie, right before the big release. If it could have an impact on the opening weekend numbers, then you might have something. Particularly, if the studio blamed the failure of their movie on 4chan. Now that would make CNN and the other studios would sit up and take notice. They also might think really hard about their participation in the RIAA campaigns.

Of course it could stir up the Obama justice squad, too.