Monday, 18 May 2015

A Wet Dream

I had a dream last night that I was watching the sinking of the Titanic on SKY News, live as the catastrophe was unfolding. I think my subconscious was channeling two events that have been splashed across the news lately - the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania and the media hype surrounding the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight - disaster drama for the pay-for-view audience. Ray Bradbury explored the idea of time-travel-as-entertainment in his 1952 short story, A Sound of Thunder, about safari trips back to the dinosaur epoch, but in this age of media saturation, it's an intriguing notion that cynical TV corporations would sell cataclysmic events from the past (say the eruption of Vesuvius) to the high-def reality TV audience...


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