When I was 10 years old I was given some book vouchers for my birthday. I bought a book about the sinking of the Titanic on April 15th 1912. It also told the tale of Robert Ballard and team discovering the Titanic on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1985. With an interest in history and that natural childhood desire for exploration, I was fascinated by the whole thing. A tragic story, remembered particularly this weekend.
Today, and 100 years since that fateful night in the Atlantic, there is a first class banquet of information available about the Titanic. Thanks to the world wide web.
From archives and communities on the RMS Titanic website, to very personal accounts from survivors on YouTube, anyone interested in sharing their passion for this fascinating subject or finding out about it for the first time has a place to go on the web.
Along with minute-by-minute updates from @TitanicRealTime on Twitter we can get only just about understand what that fateful night was like for the crew and passengers on the Titanic’s first, and only, voyage 100 years ago.
Then to the present day, over two miles below the events of that night, and the Titanic’s final resting place on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean….Film Director James Cameron dives down to the wreckage and gives us some up close and personal time with the Titanic and its memories.
And, thanks to Google, we are able to dive down to the wreckage and explore it for ourselves with Google Earth.
We now have access to history, personal memories, expert (and not so expert) opinions and networks of people never experienced before the 21st Century. Thanks to the web.
The Titanic is a piece of history that will be difficult to forget, thanks to the technology we have at our beck and call today. For me, this does its part in proving the importance of the web: A world of information ready for thirsty minds looking back at history, sharing the present and discovering the future. I wish the 10 year old me had that along with my book voucher. Excellent.