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He combines a background in the humanities Visual Studies at Harvard and the social sciences Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge. He specialises in visual and popular culture, combining theory and practice to explore case studies as seemingly diverse as the Titanic and the humour of Ali G.
His books The Myth of the Titanic and Visual Culture are now in their second editions, and a volume on controversies in the arts will be out later this year in collaboration with his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon. NoteStreams are truly easy to read on your smartphone—so you can learn more about the world around you and start a fresh conversation.
For a list of all authors on NoteStream, click here. Read the NoteStream below, or download the app and read it on the go! There can be no one, surely, reading this article who has not already heard of the Titanic. And there can be no one among them, equally certainly, who does not already know how the story of the Titanic ends.
This is, when we think about it, really quite remarkable. There is no one alive today who actually remembers the Titanic: For the rest of us, there is very little possibility that the disaster has directly affected us, personally or historically.
And yet… as we marked the th anniversary of the sinking on April 15ththe world is full of it. We hear the repeated exhortation: Nearer, My God, To Thee was said to be played by the ship's band as it sank. The captain, of course, went down with his ship. There are two remarkable things about this.
First that a year old story continues to be told and re-told. Second that many of the component stories are simply not true. And fore-most amongst these is the big one: So how do we explain all this? The answer is that years on, the sinking of the Titanic has long-since passed from history and into myth.
But intellectually, a myth is much more complex and revelatory than that. A myth is more accurately a story or an amalgam of stories that may or may not be historically true but which contains a series of cultural truths embedded in narrative form.
This is precisely the case with the Titanic. When we study myths from an anthropological perspective and proceed to turn that scholarly gaze upon ourselves, we can see our changing and different selves reflected therein.
It is also a migratory narrative that is re-articulated in an expanding variety of media forms from print to postcards, books, music, television, merchandising and computer games. No medium, however, exemplifies this better than the feature film.
Films of the Titanic typically make great claims for their accuracy but in reality part very quickly from the historical record.
Inevitably, it was he who spotted the iceberg first and lived to give damning evidence at the official inquiry —but not before he had gallantly rescued a small child from her watery bed.
We are left, however, with the warm glow of personal fulfilment, cross-class possibilities, the pleasure of being poor and —most of all- true love beyond price. The resulting concoction, of course, bears the distinct flavour of Britain not in but in Illustration from Sinking of the Titanic, most appalling ocean horror by Jay Henry Mowbray Postcard featuring an inset of Mr W Hartley, the ship's bandmaster whose band apparently played Nearer, My God, To Thee as the ship sank When we study popular cultural representations of the Titanic in whatever medium in close-up, we see the values of the culture, era, and society that made them in vivid reflection.
The Titanic sinks consistently in the popular imagination, but the values that go down with it remain many and varied according to the particular perspectives of the tellers of the tale in both time and space.
No version of the myth is complete without this fundamental ingredient, and it is an ingredient which will be more than familiar to students of classical mythology as a reworking of the Hellenic themes of Hubris and Nemesis. In Greek mythology, Hubris is pride —usually that of man over-reaching himself in the face of the Gods.
So, we see the mortal Prometheus stealing the secret of fire from Zeus, and Icarus escaping the bonds of earth by flying with wings of wax. Inevitably and swiftly, Hubris results, for the Gods are vengeful. Prometheus has his liver pecked out by an eagle on a daily basis, while Icarus flies too near the sun:PBS ran this story and got a lot of negative feedback because of it; this report was too realistic, negative, one-side, and showed American soldiers in bad light that American citizens did not like it.
The Titanic story is a relatively well known one and what this book does is put into context all those things that you take for granted and illustrates the consequences of doing so. I was surprised by how readable this book was. By now the story of the sinking of the Titanic is well-known and well-worn: Man creates an “unsinkable ship” and, in his hubris, brings along too few lifeboats.
An iceberg cures his of his arrogance by tearing a hole in the side of the ship, sending it and thousands of passengers to the icy depths of the North Atlantic. On the Internet many extensive web pages can be found, including an Encyclopedia Titanica 1 with thousands of photographs and biographies, and dozens of scholarly essays on subjects ranging from "Biodeterioration of the RMS Titanic" to the life story of the maid .
A Description of the Story of the Sinking Titanic Illustration of the Consequences of Social Inequality ( words, 1 pages) social stratification The story of the sinking titanic illustrates the consequences of social inequality as evidence by those who survived the disaster and those who did not.
In the world of , the April 14th sinking of the world’s largest, most advanced ship shook the world. Much like everyone remembers where they were on 9/11, the sinking of the Titanic captured the attention of the planet. It was possibly the first truly global disaster for mankind.