A 4chan attack on Scientology, discrediting the Church repeatedly.
Project Chanology was the very first in several 4chan protests, and remains the main influence for all Anonymous protests afterwards in both style and action. This is seen in how almost all Anonymous protests has some kind video calling card in Speakonia and protesting by DDoSing target sites.
Project Chanology was in protest of the Church of Scientology's Fair Game policy, which specifically targeted enemies of the Church and said they could use any means necessary to silence their enemies. This was personified for the Internets when the Church began DMCA-ing videos that made the Church seem negative. In response, Anonymous DDoS'ed ten recorded official Scientology sites, reducing their loading times to either a crawl, or complete shutdown. Anonymous then went one step further and raided Scientology IRL, with several large scale protests at Church centers. Anonymous also engaged in organised protests against movies featuring Tom Cruise, and other high-profile Scientologists. Scientology quickly got destroyed in these protests, and has had to move many of its attempts to gain money and recruits since.
In April 2008, a video by Tom Cruise talking about Scientology was released. In the video, Cruise talked about the general insane aspects of the Church, and said several ridiculous things happened only because he was part of the Church (e.g. belief in the Church would save you from car crashes). The video got removed after the Church of Scientology filed a copyright claim on the video, and, in doing so, it enraged a large portion of the internet, namely 4chan. This included Anonymous, as evidenced by the fact that a thread on /b/ about a raid on Scientology has some five-hundred arhcived replies, as well as information on how to DDoS official Scientology websites. Though the first official claim to strike is in the video below.
Chanology has lost much of it's freverent support from early on, and is considered more or less dead, with only some vague activity now. This is mainly due to 4chan calling Chanology a part of The Cancer That Is Killing /b/. This was due to the large amount of new comers there were coming to 4chan from the media coverage of Chanology. Along with Hipsters taking over Chanology, especially during live events. That, and the fact the internet has a short attention span.
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