Stories We Tell Ourselves During Tragedies

Reflections of a story hoarder after the Oslo bombings and the death of Amy Winehouse.

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  1. 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.

  2. The next day, famous pop singer Amy Winehouse was found dead.
  3. There would be plenty of storytelling had either of these events occurred in isolation.
  4. 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.
  5. Successful artists who throw their lives away, the legitimate struggle that is addiction.
  6. amy winehouse dead, what a waste of good talent. rip.
  7. wow just read that amy winehouse is dead. its sad to say that im not surprised. she has a few good songs. as the saying goes another bites the dust. when will people learn and start taking care of themselves.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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