lost submersible that had gone into the depths of the ocean to see the Titanic wreckage rippled across the national and global conversation — culminating in news that the craft had imploded and its five occupants were dead.But a far bigger disaster days earlier, the wrecking of a ship off Greece filled with migrants that killed at least 80 people and left a horrifying 500 missing, did not become a moment-by-moment worldwide focus in anywhere near the same way.One grabbed unrelenting, moment-to-moment attention.
One was watched and discussed as another sad, but routine, news story.READ MORE: Hundreds missing in migrant boat sinking; EU Commissioner says 'worst ever tragedy' in MediterraneanWhat makes these two events at sea different in how they were received?
Viewed next to each other, what do they say about human reactions to tragic news? And why did the saga of the submersible grab so much attention?The Polar Prince, the main support ship for the Titan submersible, arrives at the Port of St.
Johns in Newfoundland, Canada, on Saturday June 24, 2023. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt/PA Images via Getty Images) By the time the world learned about the Greek shipwreck, the event had already taken place and, to some extent, the outcome was already known.