- 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.
- 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears. 227 fatalities.
- 17 July 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down. 283 fatalities.
- 23 July 2014: TransAsia Airways Flight 222 crashes. 48 fatalities.
- 24 July 2014: Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashes. 116 fatalities.
- 9 August 2014: Lisa Williamson, 31, found hanged in festival toilet.
- 11 August 2014: Robin Williams, 63, found hanged at home.
- 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?