(By the way, we’re not talking about the kinds of pirates that watch TV shows or movies downloaded illegally. Which is to say, most everybody you know. This is the actual ship-boarding, hostage-taking, booty-grabbing pirates, perhaps with less of the costumes we’ve come to associate with the term!)
The links below indicate internet map-tracking of recent pirate activity. I’d be interested in applying history to this, and seeing how similar the map is to what have been historically persistent locales for oceanic crime. It’s finding information like this that I find so fascinating; it’s taking what the internet can do and applying it to actual events. Finding patterns.
(The other side of the coin is that the pirates, if they are web-savvy at all, have access to these same maps. Not to mention making their own, non-public maps to help organize their hijacking all the better.)
The other part of this is that despite the seeming high-tech future we live in, there are elements of world consumption that are tied to practical problems that don’t go away with being connected to the Web. In particular, geography. Oceans still need to be crossed with things that one side has and the other needs. Ditto for mountains, deserts, or any other geographical obstacle that needs to be overcome. Food for thought when so many people find Web 2.0 as the center of their day, for work or pleasure.
The major news stories these days seem to be about the Somali pirates, or at least the attacks coming from that area. The maps are pretty packed in that area. I’m getting fascinated with this topic lately; has it been going on for a while, and just a hot news story recently, or has something changed? I’m going to try to do some more digging. I’ll probably be posting here if I find anything, so stay tuned!
(I’ve left alone any sarcastic remarks about the Pirates series of movies, feel free to make your own!)