Deconstructing Pirates

Black Sails 2 2015Here is the latest in my ongoing series of essays, Local Media in a Postmodern World. This one examines closely the postmodern practice of historical deconstruction and why it’s so important for us today.

Deconstructing Pirates: Why Black Sails is More Than a TV Series

The Starz TV series “Black Sails” is the ongoing and very human story of pirates in the early 18th Century. The series’ creator “deconstructed” the history of pirates in order to come up with the interlocking stories, and this reveals much about why history cannot be completely trusted to undergird contemporary beliefs.

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