The Office Pirate

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 12:10PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I am the office pirate. I gleefully plunder your org chart, freeing your peons, drudges and cogs and turn them into pirates like me. This shouldn’t disturb you, because, other than the obvious personal hygiene problems, pirates are a lot more fun than peons, drudges and cogs. They certainly make more noise.

I spread piracy like a virus, jumping from organization to organization, spreading the philosophy of the pirate. I am only the beginning. You don’t even realize that the change has already happened, and you are a dinosaur. It’s happening on the wiki, on listserves you don’t know even exist, on blogs, in the cafeteria and in the hallways. Join or wither and blow away.

We call it The Cluetrain Manifesto. We are the revolution that won’t be televised. We are the pirates that will turn the organization upside down and provide it with a human voice.

We will not back down. Pirates do not surrender. Pirates plunder and pillage: only instead of fire and destruction, we bring hope and possibility.




  • from Laine the Grey:

    Wow. I adored it. I was just reading an article in the newspaper about the many ways for people to use their voice without the media.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    Thanks! I wrote this for a presentation I gave at work today about ficlets. Considering how ficlets came about, I thought it was appropriate.

  • from THX 0477:

    I like it. You’ve thrown down the gauntlet of geekdom, hoisted the banner of the rogue programmer and dared the man to crush you. A bold, bold move.

  • from g2 (la pianista irlandesa):

    Wow. That was cool!
    (I know, I’m really late in finding this, but I was curious!)