March 01, 2012

...and even more pirates raid movies and TV

Wired "Pirates must have kick-ass publicists." By Mary H.K. Choi

'I mean, everyone agrees that piracy is a crime. Fighting it is erga omnes. That’s Latin for “owed by all” and legalese for: Every nation has an obligation to thwart those AK-47-wielding, ransom-demanding, cargo-pillaging kidnapper-murderers. We all believe that they’re very real and very scary and should be stopped. Yet we still love the idea of pirates—those braid-bearded, rum-reeking, vengeance-seeking, lovable scallywags. How often do we see them depicted in popular culture as anything but awesome? As Steve Jobs said, why join the Navy if you can be a pirate? Seriously.

'And after a century of pirates in popular culture, all we want is more. Three new TV shows about pirates are being developed this year. At least one more Caribbean installment is in the works. In March, the stop-mo geniuses at Aardman are releasing The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Why do we so love guys who are essentially marauders and killers? Because in their fictional form they have what we really want: independence. Pirates do as they please, and they do it for themselves. The good news is that you can, like Jobs suggested, join them. Pirates, me hearties, are the Patronus of the freelancer.'

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