‘Doomsday’ is marked by predictions of impending catastrophe and future universal annihilation.
Due to the destructive effects of technological advancements, the earth is foreseen to experience self-inflicted disasters, which is why we have a ‘clock’ that is believed to warn the public about ‘doomsday’ and how close humans are to destroying the planet of life.
First invented in 1947, the ‘Doomsday Clock’ is a symbol of the perils facing humanity as a result of failed scientific and technological achievements. The man-made clock has been updated 24 times by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The closer the clock’s hands move toward midnight, the closer humanity moves toward man-made havoc like the threat of nuclear risk.
For the last two years, the clock’s hands have been set by atomic scientists at 100 seconds. On January 24, the clock moved 90 seconds to midnight— the closest time to a global apocalypse the world has ever seen. Scientists reset the time 10 seconds closer than it has been for the past three years due to great threats of nuclear war—particularly caused by the Russia-Ukraine war, the pandemic, and climate change.
Because of the news, the hashtag #Doomsdayclock trended on Twitter, eliciting mixed reactions from users. People have been posting their negative reactions, saying that the doomsday clock news is just a ‘hoax’ causing extreme fear and anxiety to many.
The Doomsday clock is so mean like whose idea was it to just terrorize the helpless masses by reminding them that billionaires are getting closer than ever to wiping us all off the planet from the safety of their rural compounds and/or megayachts.
— AVC (@annevclark) January 24, 2023
The Doomsday clock is a hoax. You can elicit neurosis and mental illness in a population by exposing them to intense fear and anxiety on a regular basis. Be sure to unplug for your sanity. Don't get hung up over what you cannot control, and focus on more productive tasks.
— DeerDude (@RatherBeeACapy) January 24, 2023
The #DoomsdayClock is blatantly stupid. "Seconds to midnight" is used to obfuscate.
Somewhere along the line, someone realized "Hey, if we want to keep people scared to control them, we can't predict the end of the world too specifically, so let's muddy the waters a little bit."
— Wise Uncle Thorgil (@ThorgilB) January 24, 2023
Time to change the name of the #DoomsdayClock to the #FearMongering clock. 🤡
— DaveFi (@DaveFiOfficial) January 25, 2023
Other Twitter users, on the other hand, have used their wit to respond to the news in a humorous manner.
in australia, the doomsday clock is 12 hours ahead, so we're all already dead
— jeremy poxon (@JeremyPoxon) January 25, 2023
Oh the #DoomsdayClock moved again, ok. This just kinda feels like every other Thursday now pic.twitter.com/H9df4pKh0h
— Autumn (@Autumna1Equin0x) January 24, 2023
Doomsday clock crowd making predictions pic.twitter.com/4ApLlT8vA0
— Brian Albrecht (@BrianCAlbrecht) January 24, 2023
Why does the #DoomsdayClock crew look like they just received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in a middle school science fair? pic.twitter.com/od6d7ZV3ts
— Ron Sullivan (@ChefRonSullivan) January 25, 2023
More people would care about the doomsday clock if it was presented by some hot women with big cans
— the tim reaper (@HydrationChimp) January 25, 2023
Doomsday Clock is 90 seconds to midnight 👀 pic.twitter.com/3jk8hLJDur
— . (@Lettie4u) January 24, 2023
Never mind the doomsday clock. Here’s the doomsday cock. pic.twitter.com/4Gh9M2udr5
— Philip Holroyd (@philip_holroyd) January 24, 2023
my face when the doomsday clock goes off and we're still alive 1 hour later pic.twitter.com/Bd83Znggpy
— m (@ilyame1ia) January 24, 2023
them: “the doomsday clock is at 90 seconds to midnight”
— casey-jo loos (@caseyjoloos) January 25, 2023
how i sleep knowing the doomsday clock could go off at any minute pic.twitter.com/hVUSOaFXvM
— Lucy (@LMAsaysno) January 24, 2023
Even if the Doomsday clock is accurate or not, everyone must now pay attention to how we can restore humanity and the earth. With that, we can sleep peacefully at night without thinking of how many seconds of life we still have on earth.
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