What It Takes To Become Invisible
At this point in history, having "mastered" forces of nature in order to predict, explain, and regulate our world, our chances of disappearing without a trace or of experiencing malfunction with no explanation, seem slimmer than ever. When Malaysia flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, the media was in a frenzy over the mysteriousness of the event, a seemingly impossible failure of advanced and reliable control mechanisms. The story was addictive for audiences, haunted by the discomforting revelation that, in this day and age, an airplane could inexplicably disappear. As media coverage of the event proliferated with many re-enactments, speculations, and interviews with experts, the storytellers of the news emphasized "mystery" to entertain audiences with shock and discomfort, and to create a demand for answers. But is there no comfort or peace to be found in the realization that man and his machines, for now at least, continue to fail at ultimate control, regulation, and knowing?