Superheroes, Bandits, and Cyber-nerds: Exploring the History and Contemporary Development of the Vigilante

Stephanie Juliano

Abstract


This article will first discuss what defines a vigilante, the history of vigilantes, and the contemporary vigilante’s effect on the legal system as a whole.  Also, this article will focus on those scenarios that bring an ordinary person to react in an illegal way to a perceived injustice.  In focusing on these scenarios, this article will examine a little more closely the answers of deeper questions about the nature of law and justice, and their roles in the accelerating world of new media.  

Keywords


Vigilante, Outlaw, Social Bandit, Justice, Cyber-Vigilantism, Activist, Terrorist, Internet, Scambaiter, Technology

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