4chan is the 'Anti-Facebook': a site that radically encourages anonymity. It spawned the group Anonymous, which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by hacking and taking down MasterCard's and Visa's Web sites. Created by a 14-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind "the Web's most infectious memes and catchphrases" (Wired). Today it has over 5 million monthly users and over 300 million page views, with enormous social influence to match. Epic Win is the first book to tell 4chan's story. Longtime blogger and 4chan member Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the 4chan-provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyber-bullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin's email account was leaked, Epic Win proves 4chan's transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced - and will continue to influence - society at large.
Cole Stryker is a writer at Urlesque.com, one of the web's leading sites for dissecting memes and 4chan news. He has also written for Nerve, Popmatters and Converse's arts and culture blog, Play. Cole has appeared on Al Jazeera's Global Village Voices television program, discussing the web's reaction to the 'Ground Zero Mosque' controversy.