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Published April 01, 2012, 12:18 AM

Coverage of Titanic set tone for fascination with disasters

Epic disasters – the anguished cries, the stories of heroism – are the central narratives of our age, both enthralling and horrifying. And our obsession began a century ago, unfolding in just 160 terrifying minutes, on a supposedly unsinkable ship, as more than 1,500 souls slipped into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. And the band played on.

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