Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

The Titanic as symbol

Edward Tenner has a piece in The Atlantic about the Titanic's continued importance in Ireland as "an icon of the vanished glories of Belfast shipbuilding at its peak." This makes sense: when I was in Cambridge, I saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said,

The Titanic: Built by 15,000 Irishmen. Sunk by one Englishman.

As someone said, the past isn't a different country. It isn't even past.

1 Comment

  1. Faulkner–one of my favorites–“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”

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