STUCK SHIP EVER GIVEN, SUEZ CANAL – MARCH 26, 2021: Maxars WorldView-2 recollected … [+]
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I bet most of us are feeling a little bit melancholy right now. The news cycle is a confusing mix of pointless tragedy and systemic injustice, while social media platforms are gushing with un-channeled anger (even more than usual).
But the big, stupid boat stuck in the Suez Canal, allegedly blocking 12% of world trade, is just silly enough to bring us all together in confusion and laughter (at least those of us who are not in charge of fixing it). .
The ridiculous sight of these kinky little construction vehicles trying to unwind the 200,000-ton titanium that, if placed vertically, would be taller than the 37th tallest building in the world seems an incredibly hopeless task.
Every corner of the situation makes for a perfect meme format. The boat represents the oppressive weight of pandemic blues, procrastination or whatever political point you want to push that is wedged insanely tight in the canal like a coin in a machine.
It is undoubtedly a very serious disaster that could affect world trade for weeks, another dose of economic concern for the consumer at an already turbulent time. But it’s also precisely the absurd story that has defined the past few years – a global catastrophe, triggered by something as trivial as a strong gust of wind, that shows how alarmingly fragile the global trade network really is, causing an abundance of laughter at that surreal stupidity of the situation.
In a curious twist of fate, before getting trapped in the Suez Canal, the fateful boat even recorded a route in the Red Sea that, when viewed as GPS data, resembled a crudely drawn penis and testicles perfectly, a joy that Twitter users were not lost.
During an immensely stressful and divisive time, it is nice to just sit in front of our computers and smile at the giant who stubbornly refuses to move. It’s almost tempting to look for that thing.
That is, until it seriously affects our lives. But hey, what’s another disaster that adds to the collective nervous breakdown?
Until then, at least we have the memes.