Pirates of Today and Yesterday: Two Different Species By Tahlisa Brougham
Thesis Statement:Today’s maritime pirates differ from pirates hundreds of years ago in persona, their use of technology, and reasons for piracy.
Blueprint 1- Pirate Persona During their time- associated with violence and cruelty. To us- adventurous rascals, mischievous yet good-natured. Why the change? Pirates of Old
Image of Today’s Pirates • No passing of time • Depends on the person’s knowledge on the subject
Possible Pirate Personas Romanticized like those in movies, etc. Dangerous, bold, has technology What Pirates Still Exist???
Blueprint 2 – Use of Technology Advanced technology= more dangerous, sophisticated pirates
Weapons- newer and more powerful Then: Cutlass Flintlock
Kukri AK74u Grenades Modern Weapons: 9mm Pistol
Computer, Satellite, and Communications Technology • Didn’t have it before • Now very important to a pirate’s work
Main Usage: Tracking Down Victims Other mischievous deeds: • False distress signals • Monitor shipping Knowledge is Power
Way Back Then… • Merchants were often forced to be pirates • Musicians and navigators
Others became pirates willingly. Why? • Greed • Revenge Also • A yearning for freedom • Unemployment • Privateers
Now, people aren’t forced into piracy. Besides greed, the main reason is terrorism. • Funding • Biggest goal- hurting world economy • attacking oil ships is practically normal • attacking major ports with suicide bombers