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On Pirate Ethos

21 May 2012 by

Understanding online-piracy, more as a calculated method of defiance and less as a circumstance of convenience, is a crucial step in utilizing the internet as a legitimate tool of political engagement. Piracy maintains nearly ubiquitous support within internet culture, yet it is rarely employed as a method of direct action. Piracy should be seen by those interested in breaking up the hegemony of corporatism and late-capitalism as a means of cutting into the capital of big businesses and institutions. For those interested in democratizing the methods of dissemination in art and culture; it does that too.
  Avatar, the most pirated film of all time.

Piracy allows audiences to consider who it is that supplies them with cultural products and why. One of the main tenants of the Pirate Party is direct democracy.  This is what piracy is good for- a method of participation that tells corporations that control media that audiences can refuse complicity and ignorance at the same time. Much of the Pirate movement may have been born partly out of convenience and partly out of a less articulate contempt for authority, but it exists now as a major tool for dissent. This is a tool that corporations and institutions are well aware of and actively lobby to stop (see SOPA).

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