Thursday Jul 06, 2023

The Dark Allure of Tragedy: The Case of the Titan Sub Disaster

The world was gripped when OceanGate’s Titan submersible went missing on its descent to visit the Titanic wreck. Fuelled by relentless 24/7 news coverage, the internet went into overdrive with mocking memes and ‘eat the rich’ jokes at the expense of the 5 wealthy passengers, while a full-scale rescue mission was under way. 

With billions of views online, the Titan became the subject of what people were describing as "disaster voyeurism," with even calls for the Titanic film director James Cameron to make the film adaptation.

But why are we so obsessed with these global disaster stories? Are all disasters created equal? And have these tragedies become a form of entertainment?

Join us this week as we discuss the fascination with tragedy and what role dark humour can play in our own life in dealing with profound trauma and grief.

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