On July 22, 2011, a bomb was set off in the government quarter of Oslo, Norway. A few hours later a youth organization was attacked by a gunman in that same country.
- The next day, famous pop singer Amy Winehouse was found dead.
- There would be plenty of storytelling had either of these events occurred in isolation.
- We had larger narratives to fall back on in each case. Larger ideas about terrorism, the contrast created by a terrorist who was not a Muslim radical, how democracies ought to respond to attacks like these.
- Successful artists who throw their lives away, the legitimate struggle that is addiction.
- The fact that the two events happened so close together, and in the order that they did, called upon another kind of story: moral outrage at the attention a celebrity death received relative to a human tragedy on a larger scale.
- I have seen this reaction before. At the time that Michael Jackson died, the Iranian elections had been a hot topic and were suddenly overshadowed. People didn't like that.