Have you heard about the billionaire and multimillionaires trapped on a submersible after spending up to $250,000 each to view the wreckage of the Titanic? Of course you have. The story has been headline news in anglophone countries ever since the vessel, named the Titan, went missing. Enormous resources have been deployed to try to recover the passengers. Every tiny development has been exhaustively covered. Millions of people, myself included, have been glued to the live blogs and rolling coverage. And millions of people, myself included, are now newly minted experts on the difference between a submersible and a submarine.
It’s completely natural to be glued to the Titan story because, obviously, it’s one hell of a story. Yes, the circumstances are unfathomably awful but, also, they’re so unfathomably awful that they seem unreal. The whole thing feels like a movie – like the latest instalment of the Knives Out series. I mean, come on, there’s a billionaire called Hamish Harding involved. The company who made the submersible is called OceanGate: it’s as if it was named in preparation for a massive controversy.