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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Heather Ketchum

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Constructs to analyze:
Uncertainty avoidance, uncertainty acceptance
Cultural Communication Codes
High Power Distance Cultures
Uncertainty Avoidance/Acceptance
Uncertainty avoidance:
“the degree to which people try to avoid situations that are unstructured, unclear, or unpredictable” (Floyd, 2011, p. 47).
Uncertainty acceptance:
cultures that “are more open to new situations, and they are more accommodating of people and ideas that are different from their own. They take a ‘live and let live’ approach, preferring as few rules as possible” (Floyd, 2011, p. 47).
Cultural Communication Codes
Cultural Communication Codes:
"verbal and nonverbal behaviors, such as idioms and gestures, that characterize a culture and distinguish it from other cultures" (Floyd, 2011, p. 48).
"a phrase whose meaning is purely figurative; that is we cannot understand the meaning by interpreting the words literally" (Floyd, 2011, p. 48).
"language whose technical meaning is understood by the people within that co-culture but not necessarily by those outside it" (Floyd, 2011, p. 48).
"movements, usually of the hand or arm, that express ideas" (Floyd, 2011, p. 48).
High Power Distance Cultures
High Power Distance cultures
put an emphasis on the belief in concentration of power and the idea of individualism, opposed to low power Distance culture, which puts an emphasis on the belief in equality of all people.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl
is chalk full of High Power Distance culture examples. In fact, it is one of the dominant themes of the movie. Pirates are, by nature, mainly concerned with themselves and how the actions they partake in can benefit them. If the action doesn’t benefit them, they simply refuse to take part in it.
Pirates of the Caribbean: An Adventure in Interpersonal Communication
By: Briana Golden, Heather Ketchum, and Andy Dettmer

Jack tells Will to "keep a sharp eye"
Roughly 18
Avoidance -
Structure of society, military and household; exercising caution, negating risks, everyone has their place as demonstrated by Elizabeth’s reprimand to her maid, “That is too bold.” Her maid replies, “Begging pardon, not my place.”
Acceptance -
the pirates prefer mystery and mayhem; any semblance of structure is dispelled by what one pirate tells Elizabeth: “The code is more what you will call guidelines than actual rules.”
"Mates," "Aye, Captain," and complex diction
Saluting superiors
Examples Cont.
Other examples
are Will springing a known Pirate from prison for his own needs, Barbossa creating mutiny against Jack to gain control of the pearl and retrieve the Aztec treasure without having to split any of the profit with Jack, which we eventually learned was the cause of the curse, and also seeing the battle for control of the Black Pearl, which portrays power among pirates, and the owner of the ship being considered top dog in the pirate world and striking fear across the entire seven seas

Bruckheimer, J. (Producer), & Verbinski, G. (Director). (2003). The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [Motion picture]. World-Wide: Walt Disney Pictures.
Floyd, K. (2011). Interpersonal communication (2nd Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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