Is there a revolutionary in the house?

Yesterday, I watched Moulin Rouge! and it got me thinking.  In the late 1800s, we had there was the Bohemian Revolution.  People were heavily involved in the arts, willingly lived in poverty, and were never afraid to speak their minds.  In the 1950s, there were the beatniks, who encouraged spontaneity and openness.  Eventually, they gave way to the Counterculture Revolution of the 60s, more commonly known as the hippies, who wanted nothing more than peace and personal freedom.

But what do we have nowadays?  This is a time where incredible things are being made possible.  Where are the revolutionaries to jump at every opportunity?  Some argue that the punk subculture is the modern-day equivalent, but I have to disagree.  Have you ever met the people who classify themselves as punks?  They’re far from being the rebellious spirits necessary.

Some truly Internet-savvy minds could say that Anonymous is gaining power to the point where it could be a revolution.  After all, they’ve already staged protests against Scientology.  They’ve gone from being a purely Internet entity to organizing and unifying in real life.  I don’t know if Anonymous has the power to truly become a driving force, but the track it’s on right now could definitely take them in that direction.  Odds are, however, that they’ll stay nothing more than a group in the realm of computers.  If this has your mind completely boggled, here’s the Wikipedia article about Anonymous, and here’s the (likely more useful, but also more…uh, racy) Encyclopedia Dramatica article  If you decide to explore more of ED, I am not responsible for any mental scarring you may endure.