Pattern Recognition: Media Echoes

  • 30 November 2013: Paul Walker, 40, who plays a street racer in the Fast & Furious movies, is killed in a car accident.
  • 29 December 2013: Michael Schumacher, 44 (at the time), an F1 racing driver, ends up in a coma after a skiing accident.
  • 23 August 2014: Corey Griffin, 27, one of the creators of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies in a diving accident
  • 24 August 2014: Cameron Lancaster, 18, dies after completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and jumping into a flooded quarry.

“The first rule about Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule about Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.”
– Tyler Durden, Fight Club (1999)

“Have you heard the news? Bad things come in twos.”
– Danny Elfman – The Little Things (2009)

Questions to consider

  • TWE is it useful to draw narrative or symbolic meaning from separate events that have similar circumstances?
  • TWE should we consider phenomena like Media Echoes as reality underlining itself?
  • The MH17 crash represented a narrative merge, in the way it, in effect, fused together two separate news-stories from early 2014; the Ukrainian war and the MH370 crash. Can you think of other examples of narrative merge?



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