We live in an age where we are constantly confronted by so much information. There is so much coming at us all day long. Every few minutes there is another story, headline or tragedy popping up on our screens. Technology means information is so readily available, that we are trying to digest it all day long. It seems impossible to put that particular genie back in the bottle at this stage so what do we do? How do we handle this information overload because it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon? Many of us do still want to keep up with what’s going on in the world but the amount of tragedy we hear about has most definitely increased. Some people view 2016 as the worst year so far in terms of bad news. There was of course the infamous 2016 election, Brexit, copious amounts of terrorist attacks and the loss of so many beloved icons. Again and again people seemed to turn to art as a way of coping with the awful events that were happening in the world. Every day, in spite of the horror people continued making or posting art in its many forms as a way to survive all the tragedy.
One such piece of art was a poem by Maggie Smith (no sorry Downton Abbey fans, not that one) called Good Bones. The poems popularity was sparked by two tragic events that took place last year. One was the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and wounded 53 more and the other was the death of British Labour MP Jo Cox in November. These two tragic events led to a surge in the poems popularity. In the following days it was shared online thousands of times. Dozens of famous people like Charlotte Church and Caitlin Moran also posted it to their social media accounts which only served to increase its reach. Then came the results of the American election and it began popping up again. It seemed to capture the mood of more than one nation.