As if there wasn’t already enough stress in the air due to Oscar nominations happening today, the Doomsday Clock has moved 10 seconds ahead, making the world a total of 90 seconds away from nuclear annihilation.
The Doomsday Clock, a device used to signal how close humanity supposedly is to complete extermination, was moved as a response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, with 90 seconds till the end of days making it the closest the clock has ever been in its history.
The Doomsday Clock was moved to 90 seconds to midnight today, Jan. 24, the closest it’s ever been.
The Doomsday Clock is a decades-long project of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists featuring a clock face where midnight represents Armageddon. https://t.co/uG9vmchRXK pic.twitter.com/IFM1gmIjjT
— USA TODAY Graphics (@usatgraphics) January 24, 2023
The hands of the Doomsday Clock, used by top scientists to assess how close humanity is to self-annihilation, moved forwards to 90 seconds to midnight on Tuesday, the highest threat level in the project’s history—here are the highest threat levels previously reached. pic.twitter.com/FfblwhcN9Q
— Forbes (@Forbes) January 24, 2023
Everyone realizing the #DoomsdayClock is now at 90 seconds to midnight.
— JohnnyKeil (@JohnnyKeil617) January 24, 2023
They’ve now moved the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to 90 seconds to midnight: pic.twitter.com/nqQFuOTcWe
— Haley Kennington (@ladykennington) January 24, 2023
However, this time, the Doomsday Clock moving forward didn’t appear to have as much of an impact online as it did in previous instances, with many people either being sarcastically apathetic to the entire thing or wondering what can even be done about the clock moving forward.
This has led to a lot of doomposting and generally not caring whether the world faces its nuclear death or not, with some even preferring that it does happen. Since the announcement earlier today, social media platforms have been inundated with memes and other humor referencing the development.
my honest reaction to the Doomsday Clock being 90 seconds to midnight pic.twitter.com/Sf6peqh1eE
— StrikeTV (@ImStrikeTV) January 24, 2023
Sorry 90 seconds to Midnight sounds as if it was an album
— Joshua The Closer Williams👀 (@GhostPoet28) January 24, 2023
90 seconds to midnight sounds like a late night movie starring Cybill Shephard. Would watch.
— Tuppence Pennyapple III (@fabulucy) January 24, 2023
90 seconds to midnight. Good. I’m ready to go. This ant hill failed. not a damn thing most of us can do about it.
— hy (@nopassthanks8) January 24, 2023
Since 2020, the Doomsday Clock has notably remained unchanged, holding firm at 100 seconds to midnight.