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How Pirates Think #4 by NeuronPlectrum How Pirates Think #4 by NeuronPlectrum
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Meant to add green dollar bills to the bottom panel, like with the "bank fans" but I forgot and didn't feel like re-scanning it.
This is one of those mindsets that sadly isn't limited to piracy. In fact, I really got the idea for this one from someone here on DeviantART who posted iPhone pictures of his genitals. To be fair, only a few of them showed erections, but that wasn't really the problem. The problem was twofold, the first being that the photos were garbage in terms of artistic merit. They were very low-resolution, poor composition, bad lighting, and titles that betrayed the "not artist's" insistence that he was a serious photographer and not merely a troll bidding for attention. When you're trying to lobby for change in DeviantART policy by showing how a phallus can have artistic potential and without any sexual connotations, entitling one of your works, "The Beast is Unleashed!!!" isn't going to help your case. More importantly, though, the second problem was that he was totally convinced that simply acting in spite of the policy (which, I'll admit, I don't completely agree with, but I'm going to be cautious of whose horse I back in the race) was the best way to get his point of view respected. I told him that if he really wanted to make change, he was better off starting a petition or letter-writing campaign, something to that effect, because, frankly, better artists than he had been banned for better works that tried to make the same statement. In other words, cameraphone snaps were not going to be the straw to break the camel's back anymore than MS paint scribbles would sway a museum curator not even interested in showing works by Escher.
I told him that simply making more uploads that challenge the policy will just get them removed and ultimately lead to him getting banned, which was when I offered he try avenues that directly address the people he wanted to persuade (instead of, you know, IGNORING THEM), to which he said, "Yes, I could lobby or petition, or I could just keep posting pictures because that's what I believe." and proceeded to call me a pedant, again. I asked if he'd heard a damn thing I said. In the end, I rephrased my question, as he did say at one point that if one or more of his photos was taken down that he wouldn't re-upload that particular one, and asked if he had any other interests photographically. I mean, isolated shots of one's own junk may have some possibilities, but it is a finite resource, not unlike jokes about airline food. He insisted that he was a photographer, after all, and that he simply had an unorthodox choice of subject matter. Surely that meant he had some idea of an alternative (at least for DeviantART, the other option was for him to start his own personal website) in case he got censored. He didn't really have an answer. In fact, he deleted his account shortly thereafter. He'd had some other, similar discussions with other users who basically called him a hack and a troll, so I think he just felt his "cause" wasn't worth the persecution. It's almost sad, but how much respect can you have for a one trick pony?
This is the moment where the precedence of Civil Disobedience is brought up, most often by morons who actually have no idea of what that concept actually entails. Civil disobedience basically says that, under the laws of any government, one has the right to disobey and act out against a law they disagree with PROVIDED they proceed in a civil manner, chiefly taking responsibility for the consequences of those defiant actions. Rosa Parks disobeyed the segregation laws of her community by not giving up her seat, and as such was arrested and charged. Susan B. Anthony disagreed with laws prohibiting women to vote in federal elections, so voted anyway, and was arrested and charged. The important fact in both of those stories, as equally important as what they achieved as a result of their actions, is that they both worked within the system to get what they wanted. They didn't run away, they didn't resist arrest, they didn't kick and scream, and they were never violent toward others or themselves. They took responsibility, and society at large came to see their intentions as what they were, well-meaning and ultimately in the right. How many people do you know who pirate movies or music or games openly brag about what they've done? Bear in mind, when I say "openly" I mean they make no attempt to hide who they are, and even admit what they're doing directly to the people it affects? Message boards and forums don't count.
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