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Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 29th 2017, 04:53 PM

Hi,
recently I've been thinking about how we romanticise pirates nowadays. The Golden Age of piracy (and not only that time) spawned plenty of books and - a bit later - films, pieces of music and games that tell the stories of pirates. Civilians alive during the outbursts of piracy were surely horrified and lived in a constant fear; however, nowadays the threat seems to be a thing of a distant past (as most of us barely hear anything about modern pirates). That might be the cause of these criminals being romanticised and turned into swashbuckling, witty adventurers such as the beloved captain Jack Sparrow. And Sparrow is just one of an infinite number of examples.
That led me to this question - will people in some time romanticise modern-day terrorists this way? What are your thoughs on this?
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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 29th 2017, 07:17 PM

I honestly hope it's not going to happen.

A pirate is lighter and in some ways, easier to use as a character trait/occupation or even for kids to dress up as at Halloween or kids parties. That said, I DON'T see that happening with terrorists anytime soon, or at least not before it's seen as too heavy. Maybe society will lighten up to terrorism like they did with pirates, but I honestly will dread the day that that really happens


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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 30th 2017, 01:15 AM

I don't think so and if they did I would assume it would be like 100 years down the line.

I think the reason pirates have been romanticized is because people are under the impression that pirates get to do whatever they want, they get to travel all over etc. A lot of people view that kind of 'freedom' as romantic and cool.


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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 30th 2017, 06:39 AM

Hey there,

I really hope terrorists are never romanticized. I think terrorism is always going to be very real and relevant, so I doubt it will ever come to that.

Along with the freedom that people associate with pirates, I think there's also a certain distance to them. I've known people, especially kids, that didn't know pirates really existed, so it's easier to attach that fantasy element to it, since it isn't something that impacts a majority of the world directly.

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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 30th 2017, 05:56 PM

Sammi and abibliophobe are right, and my first exposure to pirates was Captain Hook in Peter Pan. He was a bad guy, sure, but it was still a kiddie movie and he didn't do anything too horrid. Though, I saw an anime a few years ago with another THer (we streamed it) and that pirate was brutal. He actually shot at a little girl. She was an obnoxious brat, but to be shot at? Damn. So it's all about perception and origins too. Because that anime was developed in Japan while Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan were developed in the United States. Different regions around the world have different perception of pirates and what they mean to the common person.

Of course, I'm just basing this off two* movies and an anime. Anime tend to be more on the rough, darker side if I'm correct. Also, Japan allows the things that are banned in the United States. Maybe my perception is too Americanized, but I'm sure others have the same opinion about films from other parts of the world VS their home country. (* two because PotC is a series)

Now, getting back to the question: will terrorists ever be romanticized? I hate to say this, but they probably are now in very specific countries but we have no idea because they are, clearly, banned in the rest of the world. It's like trying to venture on a site that is blacklisted by the FBI, we have no way of actually knowing without turning up the red flag on Google.

But as for the countries where films that romanticizes terrorists are banned? Well, this brings in the question of censorship as well. It's more like "if the ban is ever lifted..." and I hope it isn't.

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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - May 31st 2017, 06:22 AM

I already see the romaticisation of terrorists. There's already terrorist costumes in halloween and movies that depict them as bad guys like others have suggested. Though I would think it would not be the same like pirates. I think it would be different I guess. I'd hope it wouldn't but in this capitalistic world perhaps whatever to make money will cause it to happen??


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Re: Will people in a few hundred years romanticise terrorists? - June 1st 2017, 07:05 AM

It already is romanticised, just not in western countries.
   
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