OSA, Anonymous and Marty
What does OSA and Anonymous have in common?
Well, I covered that in an earlier post. But here’s a current example that illustrate the black and white viewpoints of two camps.
Before we start generalizing widely, it serves us well to understand that OSA is not a homogeneous group. Neither is Anonymous. There are individuals of great variety in both camps and various sub groups in Anonymous.
But I do see an overrepresentation in both camps of those who go to great lengths nurturing their own fixed ideas. It may be called fanaticism and probably should.
OSA is spending energy demonizing Marty Rathbun. They have gotten current Int Base staff to write declarations stating that Marty is all bad. They have tried to smear him left, right and center through the media and in one-to-one meetings with prominent Scientologists.
Over at the WWP board, Anonymous is spending energy demonizing Marty Rathbun. Most posters go to great lengths in smearing him right, left and center.
Both OSA and a very vocal sub group of Anonymous seem to think that Marty is intending to take over the Church of Scientology.
I believe both are wrong.
Marty may very well be the biggest challenge the church has today – a much bigger challenge than Anonymous ever was. He is effectively corroding David Miscavige’s power base, something that Anonymous in some ways is even strengthening with some of the extremist views popping up at WWP. The original Message from Anonymous marked the beginning of a great effort and seriously impacted the church with massive demonstrations. Anonymous has since lost interest, gone off to help Iranian democracy and less serious stuff. Left are a group overrepresented by fanatics, being irrelevant or even a turn-off to those who know little of the church.
There are obvious differences in opinions between OSA and Anonymous, and most of the time they are at the opposite ends of a very long stick. But in some cases, it seems the stick is bent in a circle and the ends somehow connect.
I have spoken a great deal with ex Int Base staff, including Marty. He is not about to take over any church. Neither is he about to form his own. He is very much excited about how communities are built – like in the world of Free and Open Source Software and that of Wikipedia.
He may be good or bad, I don’t much care. He is effective in helping to expose and thereby stop abuses in the church, and in that I do care.