Sinking Titanic Will be Live-Tweeted by Historians

Melissa Knowles

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In just over a month, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15. The History Press, one of the U.K.'s largest local and specialist history publishers, is planning to use Twitter to bring the story of the Titanic back to life by live-tweeting a re-enactment of the ship going under. The handle @TitanicRealTime became active March 10, and already has more than 13,000 followers.

Right now, the account is tweeting the preparation of the ship's April 10 launch. Later, when the ship would have set sail, the handle will send historically accurate tweets by historians through the eyes of people who were directly involved in the tragedy -- from the captain and crew to passengers and the band. The publisher is also launching an interactive iPad app on March 15 to commemorate the anniversary and give more in-depth analysis and historical references of the event.

People on social media are giving the Twitter account mixed reviews, with one person saying he is not sure if it is a "great or creepy idea." Still, others are excited about the chance to relive history and get educated about the tragic event. One woman called it a "great example of how to use Twitter in school."

Hollywood is also getting in on the centennial remembrance of the Titanic by re-releasing the 1997 feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on April 4.


Comic strips are known for illustrating opinions and commenting on the political climate of current events. The internationally syndicated comic strip "Doonesbury" is currently at the center of a political controversy for the strip it's running this week. The strip focuses on the Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound or sonogram before undergoing an abortion.

In this week's "Doonesbury," a woman seeking an abortion is guided through the process by a state legislator before being placed in "the shaming room." "Doonesbury" runs in about 1,400 newspapers around the world, and each publication is handling the controversial subject in different ways. Some, such as the Kansas City Star, are dropping the comic altogether this week. Others, such as the Los Angeles Times, are repositioning "Doonesbury" from the comics page to the op-ed section. London's the Guardian is sticking to its regular publication of the comic strip.

The cartoonist behind the comic strip, Garry Trudeau, said he felt "compelled to respond to the way Republicans across America are undermining women's healthcare rights." Trudeau described the Texas law as "appalling" and "insane."

People on social media are generally backing Trudeau's decision to use his comic strip to comment as he chooses. One person called it "yet another reason to <3 Garry Trudeau," and another tweeted, "now we can't read comic strips either because they might be intelligent enough to make a point."

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the measure into law in May 2010.