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 melancholy right now. The news cycle is a bewildering blur 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 tasked with 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 like an incredibly hopeless task.
Every corner of the situation makes for a perfect meme format. The boat represents the crushing weight of pandemic blues, procrastination or whatever political point you want to push that is jammed insanely in the canal like a coin stuck 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 the fateful boat was wedged in the Suez Canal, it even traced a route in the Red Sea that, considered as GPS data, perfectly resembled a roughly drawn penis and testicles, a joy that was not lost Twitter users.
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.