I remember studying Moby Dick in college and having it pointed out that the pitifully small percentage they signed up for was meant to show how avaricious and cunning the owners were and how naive Ishmael & Queequeg were. They thought the higher number at the bottom of the fraction meant they would be earning a lot!Originally Posted by Bearcata;2427636;
In today's terms, I cannot believe the sheeple did not rise up in revolt when that jerk JD did not share the money more equally. We are not used to being treated that way, and I'm surprised they would stand for it. But then again, bullying "alpha" types really rub me the wrong way. Maybe others aren't bothered by being pushed around, as hard as it is for me to witness or understand.
Here is my theory. Just as I heard Jeff Probst say on Ellen one time that they based Survivor in part on Nash's game theory, I really wonder if they didn't base this pirate show in part on the Stanford prison experiment (Google it). Put people in superior and inferior positions, and the ones in charge (such as the "prison guards" or the "ship's officers") will start abusing the "underlings" even though in real life they are all equals. And the underlings will take the abuse! That is why I liked John (plus he DID win the challenge for them!) and that Rupert-seeming guy. They were the only ones with the backbone to raise any objections. Too bad the majority of sheeple will always cut down the people with backbones.