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The Titan submersible that imploded in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2023 while attempting to reach the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP, File)

Too soon? Titan or Titanic, people always make weird jokes about rich people’s tragedies

Humour plays a role in our collective memory of historical events, especially disasters. Public reactions to the Titan’s implosion were reminiscent of comments that followed the sinking of the Titanic.
It’s tempting to envision orcas attacking yachts as the forward troops in an animal uprising. Jackson Roberts/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Memes about animal resistance are everywhere — here’s why you shouldn’t laugh off rebellious orcas and sea otters too quickly

A few marine mammals in apparent revolt pushed meme-makers into overdrive. But a scholar who thinks about justice and human-animal relations suggests something deeper is behind the schadenfreude.
A meme showing Adolf Hitler caressing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face, tweeted by the official Ukraine state account on Feb. 24, 2022, the day Russia invaded. Official Ukraine Twitter account

Ukraine’s Twitter account is a national version of real-time trauma processing

How do a country and its citizens deal with the trauma of a deadly invasion by an enemy? Memes, cats and TikToks are emerging – most recently in the Ukraine war – as a way to cope with tragedy.

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