What were the global effects of the Titanic sinking in 1912?

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In my mind, one of the world wide implications of the sinking of The Titanic reflected the validation modernist frame of reference.  At the time, such a connection was not made, but there is much in the sinking that speaks of the Modernist condition that was being felt all over...

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In my mind, one of the world wide implications of the sinking of The Titanic reflected the validation modernist frame of reference.  At the time, such a connection was not made, but there is much in the sinking that speaks of the Modernist condition that was being felt all over the world and articulated by its writers.  Consider the fact that the wealthy and the powerful boarded the boat and then had to flee in the middle of night, or flail in the water, waiting for hope, waiting for absolution.  This is a very modernist idea in that all individuals end up being devoid of hope and stripped from the pomp and circumstance of consciousness, a rather hollow condition results.  Additionally, I think that the idea of being able to actually reflect weakness when strength or invincibility is advertised is another worldwide reality that was articulated through the sinking of The Titanic.  Finally, I think that idea of the band playing music during the calamity helped to create a worldwide metaphor that could be easily understood in articulating conditions of inertia and lack of acceptable response to change.  When Randy Shilts writes about the American government lack of authority in dealing with the crisis of AIDS, presuming that it needed to do nothing because the disease was seen as a “gay disease,” he takes the title of “And the Band Played On,” to reflect how poor and pathetic a response the American Government had to the disease.  This becomes another metaphor from the sinking that ends up holding worldwide implications.

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