Weev on antagonism

I think the best thing someone can possibly do for a work of art is to hatefully criticize it. […] I am able to cause impact precisely because I am so polarizing. Eyeballs are attracted to what I do because lots of people very viscerally dislike me. The spectacle of my presence causes more impact than my initial actions. I was a little worried I would come out of all this being a little too well liked, and am delighted to see that isn’t the case.


A lot of people think I was indicted because I am an asshole. That is not true. Aaron Swartz was not an asshole. Matthew Keys is well loved by everyone as well. Deric Lostutter literally exposed rapists to public scrutiny, and he is still catching a case for it. The underlying issue is that there are real criminals that loot billions from our economy through computer crime. The FBI has neither the competence to identify them nor the ability to extradite them from Russia where they are operating. They receive a metric fuckton of money to solve this problem and have to act like they are doing something about it. They will not indict you because you are a bad operator. They will indict you because you are there. I overturned my verdict only because I am an asshole. You can’t avoid being indicted here, but you can fight endlessly against the seditious morons that do it.

Infamous “ATT&T hacker” Weev, aka Andrew Aurenheimer, talks about his time in prison in a blisteringly succinct and punchy interview with TechCrunch contributor John Biggs.

This is a great, high-profile example of an application of my theories on productive antagonistic relationships. My aphorism: “Be nice if you care more about credit than results.”

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