Titanic Live Tweeting

The Titanic was an extremely important event that took place in the 21st century. However, our live tweeting brought a lot of awareness about the times and the technology being used. Though it was the early 21th century, the amount of communication going on between the various boats where Titanic was located was fascinating to read about in various secondary sources. Equally interesting was how accurate all the newspaper reports were the day after it sank even before any of the survivors actually gotten on shore in New York. This shows just how in tune people were with the events of the time though they lacked the personal affect of Twitter.

Our Twitter social experiment was quite the event because we used various primary sources to make sure we had all the times accurate before we sent out a tweet. Though it is October 8 & 9, the times are all in correlation to the historical times of what was happening as the Titanic was sinking. When actually doing the tweets we all felt it was a joke towards the beginning, imagining ourselves being pulled out on deck basically in our pajamas. However, when we started tweeting about the lifeboats and the darkness it all became far more real and less material. Only bringing us all to the conclusion on how much more personal tweeting can be if something as tragic as the Titanic occurs.

From this we learned that tweeting is not just an accessory to our everyday lives, for it also impacts people and invites them into each person’s social world. Thus, through this particular social experiment the whole tragedy became more personal and far more real than a newspaper article. It is like how the early radio emotionally touched people and allowed them to partake in a radio broadcast due to the feelings invoked by a sound or voice emulating from the radio in a living room, bedroom, or kitchen. Ironically, tweeting is the same thing, for it forces someone to see the good or bad in a situation, and not just address it as an event, but an actual real thing that is occurring and needs serious or light hearted attention.

In conclusion, the importance of this social experiment is how much more personal Tweeting makes certain social or political situations. The idea that Twitter did not exist in during the sinking of the Titanic is in some ways relieving due to the feelings it might have created and the fear that it could have invoked with the relative audiences that might have tuned into the tweeting of the sinking. Thus, this social experiment shows that the advancement of social circles and its enhancing through the Twitter sphere is an important reminder on how much it plays in social and political situations.


Primary Sources:

“Latest news from Titanic,” The New York Times April 15, 1912.               http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archifree/pdf?res=9E05E2DA1F31E233A25756C  1A9629C946396D6CF

“Biggest Liner Plunges to the Bottom at 2:20am,” The New York Times, April 16, 1912. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archivefree/pdf?res=9506E5DF153CE633A25755C1A9629C946396D6CF

“Allan Liner Virginian Now Speeding Toward the Big ship,” The New York Times, April   15, 1912.  http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archivefree/pdf?res=9B05E2DA1F31E233A2576C1A9629C946396D6CF.

“Titanic Interactive,” The History Channel website, http://www.history.com/interactives/titanic-interactive.

“Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg; 866 Rescued By Carpathia, Probably 1,250 Perish; Ismay Safe, Mrs. Astor Maybe, Noted Names Missing,” The New York Times April 15, 1912. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0415.html.

Madeleine Force Astor. (2014). The Biography.com website.          http://www.biography.com/people/madeleine-force-astor-283808.

Molony, Selena. “Rostron’s Last Report,” Encyclopedia Titanica, June 13, 2010.  http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/rostrons-lost-report.html.

Secondary Sources:

Frey, Bruce S. “Behavior under Extreme Conditions: The “Titanic” Disaster” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 25, no. 1 (2011): 209-221.             http://www.jstor.org/stable/23049445.

Khanna, Arun. “The ‘Titanic’: The Untold Economic Story” Financial Analysts Journal   54, no. 5 (1998):16-17. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4480105.

Kuhn, Arthur K. “International Aspects of the Titanic Case” The American Journal of      International Law 9, No. 2 (1915): 336-351. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2187162.