Masked Immortality: The Thematic Tactic of The Real and Anonymous

In this thesis, Mr. Smith explores the structure and implications of the collective Anonymous. By drawing from anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and philosophy, he invites a wide reaching discussion about the Guy Fawkes mask worn by Anonymous and its prevailing manifesto: "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." The result of his exploration is a comment on fear and the role anonymity plays in the fear of power.